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PROF John Griffiths


  • Early music
  • Early music performance practice
  • Guitar and lute music
  • Music History - European & Hispanic
  • Music and tourism
  • Music in urban culture
  • Spain and Latin America music, history, culture



  • John Griffiths has built his academic career around researching and performing early Spanish instrumental music. As a vihuelist and lutenist he has performed throughout the world, and his musicological work has maintained strong links with his artistic practice. His academic studies at Monash were complemented by performance studies in Germany, Spain and Switzerland, and since 1980 he has directed early music studies at the University of Melbourne. In 1993 he was made an Oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Católica by Juan Carlos I of Spain for his contribution to Spanish culture. His research encompasses broad music-historical studies of renaissance culture as well as more specific work on renaissance music pedagogy, organology, music printing, music in urban society, connections between written and oral traditions, and music in Spanish Naples. He is general editor of Lyrebird Press, joint general editor of Corpus des Luthistes (CESR, Tours) and in 2006 was elected president of the Musicological Society of Australia.   


Member of

  • International Musicological Society. Member 2007 -
  • Society for Seventeenth-Century Music. member 2007 -
  • Sociedad de Vihuela. Honorary life member 2006 -
  • Lute Society (UK). member 2003 -
  • Australian Performaing Rights Association. associate member 1983 -
  • American Musicological Society. member 1981 -
  • Sociedad Espanola de Musicologia. member 1978 -
  • Musicological Society of Australia. member 1977 -
  • Lute Society of America. member, Editorial Board 1975 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • DMus, University of Melbourne 2012
  • PhD, Monash University 1984
  • BA(hons), Monash University 1975

Awards and honors

  • Member of the Order of Australia, AM, 2019
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2006
  • Oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica, OIC, 1993



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