DR David Irving

DR David Irving




  • David R. M. Irving studied violin and musicology at Griffith University and the University of Queensland, and undertook his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. He was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge, held a post-doctoral position at King's College London, and then taught at the University of Nottingham, the Australian National University, and the University of Melbourne. He became an ICREA Research Professor in March 2019 and is based at the Institució Milà i Fontanals-CSIC (Barcelona). His research spans from music in early modern intercultural exchange to early modern global history and historical performance practice. He is co-general editor of the forthcoming Cultural History of Music series from Bloomsbury, and co-editor of the Cambridge University Press journal Eighteenth-Century Music . His awards include the Jerome Roche Prize from the Royal Musical Association and the McCredie Musicological Award from the Australian Academy of the Humanities.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • David R. M. Irving was a Visiting Fellow on the collaborative project "Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean", funded by the European Research Council and based at King's College London (2011-15). In 2014, he held an International Research Visitorship at King’s College London on the Balzan Prize Research Programme in Musicology "Towards a Global History of Music", directed by Prof. Reinhard Strohm (University of Oxford), to work on the project "Analogues of Antiquity: World Cultures, Ancient Greek Music, and Comparative Anthropologies, 1500-1800". In 2015-2019 David led an ARC Discovery Project on Malay Music and Dance in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. In collaboration with MCM Lecturer Jenny McCallum, this was a pioneering ethnomusicological study of Malay music and dance in Australia's Indian Ocean Territories, examining local performance traditions as key factors in preserving and strengthening unique cultural identities.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge 2007
  • MPhil, The University of Queensland 2004
  • BMus(Hons), Griffith University 2002
  • LMusA, Australian Music Examinations Board 2000
  • AMusA, Australian Music Examinations Board 1996

Awards and honors

  • McCredie Musicological Award, Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2015
  • Jerome Roche Prize, Royal Musical Association, 2010


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • David supervises MPhil and PhD research on a wide range of topics, and is delighted to receive proposals for research in the fields of European music 1500–1900, historical performance practice, music and colonialism, musics of Southeast Asia, and organology.