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Leoš Janáček

Leos Janacek was born in 1854 in the mountain village of Hukvaldy. He studied music in Brno, Prague, Vienna and Leipzig. In Brno, he founded a conservatory and, as a young composer, conducted the memorial service for Johann Gregor Mendel.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Leos Janacek conquered the world with his opera 'Její Pastorkyňa' (Jenufa), which opened the doors for him in concert halls in Berlin, Vienna as well as New York. Throughout his working life, he kept coming back to his native region as is audible in one of his most famous works-  a symphonic ensemble of Lachian dance.
When he spent the summer in Hukvaldy in 1928, he came down with a cold before contracting pneumonia and later died in Ostrava. Today the headquarters of the Ostrava hospital in Fifejdy is the original ward where Janacek lay. There is a bust of Leos Janacek here to remind everyone of a native of the region and a genius of world music.
In Hukvaldy, the Památník Leoše Janáčka (Memorial of Leoš Janáček) , a house in which he spent the last years of his life, is open to the public. People are reminded of his works every year at the festival Janáček Hukvaldy. Janacek May is held in Ostrava and the international airport in Mošnov also bears the name of Leos Janacek.

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