In addition to artistic activities, František Novotný is also intensively involved in pedagogical activities.

Due to his extraordinary abilities, professional knowledge and completely individual approach to each student, he is one of the most sought-after teachers.

He teaches at the Faculty of Music of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno (since 1990) and also at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (since 2009).

In 2009, he was awarded the university title of professor by the President of the Czech Republic.

During his pedagogical career so far, he has prepared eighty students for bachelor’s and master’s graduate projects.

He also works as a doctoral supervisor.

He also deals with interns from abroad.

His students and alumni include a number of winners of laureate titles and other awards from national and international competitions.

Graduates from his class enjoy 100% employment – they find employment in leading philharmonic orchestras, symphony orchestras or chamber ensembles (often in functional positions) at home and abroad, and some of them are engaged in pedagogical activities.

In the period 1992 – 2001 he led the teaching of the Methodology Centre at JAMU.

Within the framework of EU grant projects, he also cooperates with primary and secondary school teachers, and is invited to methodological seminars, lectures and individual professional trainings.

Conducting interpretation courses in the Czech Republic and abroad (so far with more than a thousand active participants)

  • The International Music Masterclasses of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno
  • Teaching within the Methodical Centre framework of HF JAMU
  • Interpretation courses in Bechyně
  • courses for the students of the Institute of Fine Art an Music of the University of Ostrava
  • master-classes in USA – Saratoga Springs, Cleveland, Albany
  • master-classes in USA – universities in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota
  • master-classes in Armenia– Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra Yerevan
  • master-classes in France – Musicalta Academy Rouffach
  • master-classes in Poland – Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan
  • master-classes in Poland – Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Lipińskiego we Wrocławiu
  • master-classes in Japan – Ósaka, Kóbe, Tokio
  • methodological courses for teachers of all levels of art education within EU projects

Concert opportunities for young talents

Along with the founder, Ing. Josef Menšík, František Novotný provides the dramaturgy for the annual summer Hencke’s Baroque Organ Festival
in Valtice.

Along with renowned artists, exceptionally talented young musicians are always given an opportunity at these Valtice evenings, and the chance to perform in a representative concert series is an inspirational motivation and valuable experience for them.

Jury of violin competitions

Presidency and membership of the juries – international competitions, selection

  • International Competition Janiny Garsci, Stalowa Wola, Poland
  • Concertino Praga – the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians
  • Kocian Violin Competition, Ústí nad Orlicí
  • International Georg Philipp Telemann Violin Competition, Poznan
  • permanent member of the preparatory committee of the Prague Spring (for the field of violin)
  • Beethoven’s Hradec International Music Competition, Hradec nad Moravicí
  • Leoš Janáček International Competition in Brno
  • Prague Spring International Competition
  • International Balys Dvarionas Competition for Young Pianists and Violinists, Latvia
  • International Competition – Szymanowski Wroclaw
  • Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, Hungary

Presidency and membership of the juries – national competitions, selection

  • Competition Yamaha, Music Faculty, JAMU (The Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts)
  • Talent of the year, Prague
  • Central round of the National Competition of ZUŠ ČR (Elementary Art Schools of the Czech Republic) – violin, Liberec
  • Central round of the National Competition of ZUŠ ČR (Elementary Art Schools of the Czech Republic) – chamber music, Jindřichův Hradec
  • Competition of the Conservatories of the Czech Republic, Teplice
  • Competition of the Conservatories of the Slovak Republic, Banská Bystrica
  • The Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Interpretation Competition, AMU Praha (The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)