A/PROF Michael Christoforidis

A/PROF Michael Christoforidis


  • Exoticism in Music (Carmen, Popular music and entertainment)
  • Music and the visual arts (Stravinsky, Picasso, Ballets Russes)
  • Percy Grainger
  • Spanish Music (Manuel de Falla, Nationalism, Neoclassicism)



  • b. Melbourne, Australia. Completed his PhD on aspects of the creative process in Manuel de Falla’s Neoclassical music. He has been a research associate at the Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (Madrid) and at the Archivo Manuel de Falla (Granada), where he was responsible for classifying the composer’s annotations to his library. He has published extensively on aspects of 20th-century Hispanic music and is currently completing a monograph on Spanish music in Belle-Epoque Paris. His next major research project  examines Bizet's Carmen , Spain and the emergence of popular culture. Other research interests include the music of Igor Stravinsky and Percy Grainger.   


Member of

  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). Member 2010 -
  • Society of Interdisciplinary Musicology (SIM). Member 2010 -
  • Sociedad Espaola de Musicologa (SEdeM). Member 2002 -
  • Association of Iberian & Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA). Member 2000 -
  • American Musicological Society (AMS). Member 1998 -
  • Musicological Society of Australia (MSA). Member 1990 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (1999-2001): "Context, creative process and impact: Manuel de Falla's milieu and the definition of Hispanic musical nationalism"   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1998
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1990
  • GradDipA, Victorian College of the Arts 1988
  • BMus (Hons), University of Melbourne 1983
  • DipA, Victorian College of the Arts 1982

Awards and honors

  • Spanish Cultural Cooperation Programme - research award, Spanish Ministry of Culture & Australian National University, 2008
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2003-2007), Australian Research Council, 2002
  • Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1998



Available for supervision

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