The “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Higher Conservatory of Music (CONSMUPA) is a public institution under the authority of theConsejería de Educación y Universidades of the Principality of Asturias.
The Conservatory, that celebrated its 125 anniversary in the 2008/2009 academic year, is situated in the so-called Deán Payarinos’ House (a former residence of the canon of Oviedo Benigno Rodríguez Pajares). It contributes to the animated musical activity in the one-thousand-year-old city of Oviedo, which having only slightly more than 200,000 inhabitants has gained the title of the “small Spanish Vienna”. The building, after a complete renovation inside, was inaugurated by the King and Queen of Spain in November 1987. The Conservatory was name after the distinguished and beloved musicologistEduardo Martínez Torner (1888–1955) who was born in Oviedo,.
In 1988, the institution received the title of Higher Conservatory of Music. Its teaching staff was constituted by members of the Asturian Symphony Orchestra. New majors were created and since 1990 the education on offer has been extended thanks to the incorporations of new professors from different parts of Spain, the new Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias and the “Moscow Virtuosi” Orchestra. This is how a multidisciplinary and international team was created. Thanks to their shared experience and teamwork, the best education on offer within the Spanish higher music education institutions has been generated.
In 1994, CONSMUPA initiated its international cooperation projects by joining the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) and in 2004 it hosted the LI International AEC Congress, which was a historical event for the country.
Two years later, the institution received the Erasmus Charter granted by the European Community, authorizing it to organize mobility projects for students and staff within the European educational institutions, as well as to participate in the creation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) issued from the Bologna Declaration. These were the fundamental experiences for taking part in other inter-institutional programmes, such as Music across the Atlantic, with Indiana University South Bend (USA), in order to work together in the fields of music creation and performance.