Manuel Tomás Ludeña, who will take on the responsibility of Academic Director in September of 2019 (starting with the 2019-20 academic year), has an advanced degree in music, specializing in oboe. His professional life has focused on fields related to education and music-making in both the public and the private sectors.
A state-qualified professional and member of the Cuerpo de Profesores de Música y Artes Escénicas since 1989, he has worked and taught at conservatories in Gijón, Segovia and Torrent, in addition to the Unió Musical school of music in Llíria (Spain).
He has amassed vast experience in the area of music school direction through directorial positions at the Unió Musical school of music in Lliria (1993-1997) and as director of studies (1998-2001) and director (2001-2012) of the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Torrent.
He has additionally held government management and executive positions as the general subdirector on educational quality, general director of CulturArts Generalitat, and secretary (or vice-council) of education and training for the region at the Conselleria de Educación, Formación, Cultura y Deporte of the Generalitat Valenciana.
His experience also encompasses consultation and advising as the deputy counselor for Consell Escolar Valencià (2003-2007), advisor to the Federación de Sociedades Musicales de la Comunidad Valenciana, and member of the board of directors for the Auditori in Torrent, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, and CulturArts Generalitat. He has advised several conservatories and music schools throughout Spain on curriculum design and improvement. He currently acts advisor to Bankia in relation with the “Bankia escolta Valencia” project.
He teaches courses, gives presentations and attends conferences on the advancement of music education professionals and is also a professor of post-graduate and advanced courses at the university and advanced conservatory level.
His passion for continuous improvement in music education has led him to become the author of editorial articles in specialized press and to actively participate in symposia and debates on music education.