Leoš Janáček, born in Hukvaldy in the Frýdek-Místek district, is a Czech composer today renowned throughout the world. The composer, whose work forms one of the pillars of modern music, came from a modest teacher’s family. He studied in Brno, Prague, Leipzig and Vienna. He his professional life is synonymous with Brno, where he worked as a director of the organ school. He later taught at the conservatory in Brno and Prague. His work emerged out of Moravian folklore, which he admired and had a detailed knowledge of.
Janáček wrote nine operas, the most famous of which is Jenůfa (1903), based on a play by Gabriela Preissová. The opera, which the National Theatre in Prague originally refused to produce, was successful in Vienna, Germany and New York. Other operas of Janáček include The Cunning Little Vixen, Káťa Kabanová, and the Makropoulos Affair. Janáček’s world-renown was also secured by the cantata The Diary of One Who Disappeared and his Glagolitic Mass, sung in Old Slavonic.