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.
La vihuela en la epoca de Felipe II.
Politicas y practicas musicales en el mundo de Felipe II: Estudios sobre la musica en Espana, sus instituciones y sus territorios en la segunda mitad del siglo XVI.