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Dr Christina Guillaumier

MMus (Lond), MSc (Oxon), PhD, FLCM

Dr Christina Guillaumier is a musicologist, pianist and writer on music. She is Head of Undergraduate Programmes at the Royal College of Music and a Creative Director of the Innovative Conservatoire network (ICON). Christina is also a member of the Centre for Russian Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she supervises PhD students.

As part of her postdoctoral research (Research Associate, 2009-2010) she worked on the reconstruction of Prokofiev’s original version of his opera ‘War and Peace’, premiered in Scotland and Russia in 2010. She was also awarded an Athenaeum Award to complete a Visiting Research Fellowship (2011) at Princeton University.

Christina is a published author on Russian music, including Prokofiev’s childhood compositions, his operas, his early orchestral music as well as on music education and digital learning. She has been the recipient of several research awards including AHRC, HEFCE and European Union project funding. She is currently working on a monograph on Prokofiev’s operas (under contract with Boydell and Brewer) as well as a co-edited volume (with Rita McAllister) for Oxford University Press entitled ‘Rethinking Prokofiev’(forthcoming 2018).

Christina’s research interests include Russian music and opera, modernism, contemporary opera, digital learning and music education. Her teaching combines a mixture of practice-based work as well as research-driven projects. In addition, she supervises a number of undergraduate and graduate projects on Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, Russian music as well as contemporary opera. She welcomes inquiries from prospective doctoral students in any of the above areas.

Selected publications

Guillaumier C & McAllister R (eds.) (forthcoming), Rethinking Prokofiev, Oxford University Press.

Guillaumier C (2016), Reflection as creative process: perspectives, challenges and practice, Arts & Humanities in Higher Education, 15(3–4), 353–363 [DOI].

Guillaumier C, Slater R & Argondizza P (2016), Recontextualised learning through embedded creativity: developing a module that applies historically informed performance practice to Baroque music, in E Haddon & P Burnard (eds.), Creative Teaching for Creative Learning in Higher Music Education (pp. 186-197), Routledge [ISBN 9781472455918].

Guillaumier C (2014), Review of Composing for the Red Screen: Prokofiev and Soviet Film (OUP, 2013), Slavic and East European Journal, 58 (2), 357-359.

Guillaumier C (2014), Review of Contemplating Shostakovich: Life, Music and Film (Ashgate 2013), Slavic and East European Journal, 58 (1).

Guillaumier C (2011), War and Peace and Prokofiev’s late operatic aesthetic, Three Oranges: the Journal of the Serge Prokofiev Foundation, 21, 20-25.

Guillaumier C (2011), Ambiguous modernism: the early orchestral works of Sergei Prokofiev, Tempo, 65 (256), 25-37 [DOI].

Guillaumier C (2009), Review of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas (Yale University Press, 2008) , Music & Letters, 90 (4), 717-719 [DOI].

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Faculties / departments: Programmes, Research

Latest Publications

Guillaumier, C. (2020) The operas of Sergei Prokofiev. Boydell & Brewer, Martlesham, Suffolk. ISBN 9781783274482 (hardback) (In Press)

Guillaumier, C. (2016) Reflection as creative process: perspectives, challenges and practice. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 15 (3-4). pp. 353-363. ISSN 1474-0222 (print) 1741-265X (online)

Guillaumier, C. and Slater, R. and Argondizza, P. (2016) Recontextualised learning through embedded creativity: developing a module that applies historically informed performance practice to Baroque music. In: Creative teaching for creative learning in higher music education. SEMPRE studies in the psychology of music . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 186-197. ISBN 9781472455918 (hardback) 9781138504998 (paperback) 9781315574714 (e-book)

Guillaumier, C. (2016) Stalin's music prize (Music Matters, BBC Radio 3). [Audio]

Guillaumier, C. (2014) Review of 'Composing for the red screen: Prokofiev and Soviet film' by Kevin Bartig. Slavic and East European Journal, 58 (2). pp. 357-359. ISSN 0037-6752

Guillaumier, C. (2014) Review of 'Contemplating Shostakovich: life, music and film' edited by Alexander Ivashkin and Andrew Kirkman. Slavic and East European Journal, 58 (1). pp. 177-179. ISSN 0037-6752

Guillaumier, C. (2011) War and Peace and Prokofiev's late operatic aesthetic. Three Oranges Journal, 21. pp. 20-25. ISSN 1472-9946

Guillaumier, C. (2011) Ambiguous modernism: the early orchestral works of Sergei Prokofiev. Tempo, 65 (256). pp. 25-37. ISSN 0040-2982 (print) 1478-2286 (online)

Guillaumier, C. (2010) The Giant and other creatures: Prokofiev's childhood compositions. Three Oranges Journal, 20. pp. 29-35. ISSN 1472-9946

Guillaumier, C. (2010) Prokofiev's The Gambler (Music Matters, BBC Radio 3). [Audio]

Guillaumier, C. (2010) Prokofiev, opera and theatre: a case study of The Gambler. Musicorum, 8. pp. 67-101.

Guillaumier, C. (2009) Review of 'Prokofiev's piano sonatas' by Boris Berman. Music & Letters, 90 (4). pp. 717-719. ISSN 0027-4224 (print) 1477-4631 (online)


For enquires please contact:

Dr Christina Guillaumier

Head of Undergraduate Programmes