Cz. str. qt. formed 1947 by students of Brno Cons. First public concert, Brno, Oct. 1947. Adopted name Janáček Qt. after Prague début 1949. First visit to Brit. 1958. Made close study of Janáček's two qts., also those by Bartók, Shostakovich, Britten, and Novák. Always performs from memory.