The Higher Conservatory of Music of Vigo was created on a local initiative in 1956, and became the first Higher Conservatory in Galicia in 1984. Some years later, in 1989, it was recognised as a State Conservatory by the Galician Government.
Since 1982, the CSM de Vigo has been located next to the historical park of O Castro, an exceptional location in the city centre. At present, the Conservatory comprises three different buildings, housing the Auditorium Martín Códax, 47 teaching rooms, an orchestra room, a computer and electronics laboratory, and 8 practice rooms available to the students.
Since 2003, Degrees such as Composition, Musicology, Music Pedagogy and Performance have been taught exclusively.
In 2006, the Conservatory was honoured with the Prize Vigués Distinguido in commemoration of its 50th anniversary.
Vigo is one of the most important cities in the northwest of Spain. Some relevant educational institutions in the city are the University, the Higher School of Drama, the Municipal School of Folk and Traditional Music and the Audiovisual School.
Due to its geographical location, the main spoken languages are Spanish and Galician. Moreover, by means of exchanges organised through the European Programmes Department, languages such as English, Portuguese, French, Italian and German are widely spoken and studied at the institution. All this contributes to the CSM de Vigo’s open and friendly environment for students coming from all over the world.
At present, we have continuously growing Bilateral Agreements with approximately 80 European Conservatories and Faculties of Music in more than 19 countries. Also, we are working intensively on Erasmus exchanges by welcoming and sending a considerable number of teachers and students.
The International Relations Office helps both incoming and outgoing students to achieve their targets. Moreover, the Conservatory promotes their integration not only through its social and cultural activities, but also through those of the city.
Tuition is free-of-charge for incoming Erasmus students, who receive a certificate with the corresponding ECTS credits at successful completion of their studies. Furthermore, they benefit from a friendly environment, where most of the teaching staff speaks English.
Open Days are held yearly for visits, explanations and for answering any questions from prospective students interested in attending our Conservatory.
All students have access to practice rooms from 8:30am to 11pm, from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.
Each year, the CSM de Vigo receives more than 300 students from various nationalities: Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Austrian, Brazilian, Belgian, Italian, Korean, etc, which brings an extraordinary musical and cultural wealth to our Conservatory.
The Higher Conservatory of Music of Vigo is considered the most dynamic in Galicia for its cultural activities.
From its beginning, the Auditorium Martín Códax has welcomed celebrities from the musical and cultural world such as Teresa Berganza, Jan-Ives Thibaudet, Carmelo Bernaola, Tomás Marco, Cristobal Halffter, Luis de Pablo, Michael Chance, Lana Reverdie, David Russell, Alfredo Aracil, Xavier Montsalvatge, etc.
The Conservatory offers most of the orchestral specialisations, as well as Voice, Guitar, Piano, Early Music and Traditional Instruments in the Performance Degree. The Folk and Traditional Instruments Department (IMTP – Instrumentos de la Música Tradicional y Popular) deserves a special mention, since it is the only one offering Galician Bagpipe studies.
We also offer creative subjects like Composition, research-related like Musicology or aimed at future music teachers like Music Pedagogy. New specialisations such as Sound Engineer and Orchestra and Choir Conduction will be developed soon.