Dr. Christina Guillaumier

Music And Words

Dr Christina Guillaumier teaches the Global Conservatoire course

Music and Words


Dr Christina Guillaumier, Reader in Music & Cultural Practice, is a pianist and music historian with an early background in the dramatic arts. Dr Guillaumier is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Creative Director of the Innovative Conservatoire network (ICON), a specialist supervisor at the Centre for Russian Music at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a peer reviewer for several academic journals and publishing houses. An international expert in higher education music studies and a specialist in conservatoire education, she is a strong advocate for music education and sits on the Board of Trustees of West Sussex Music as well as the West Sussex Music Hub.

Teaching & PhD supervision

Dr Guillaumier’s research is at the intersection of music, history, politics and cultural practice.  Research areas include Russian and Soviet music, history and politics; genetic criticism and archival research; Russian and French piano music; music and text. She continues to welcome enquiries from suitable prospective graduate students  in any of the above areas. Her current doctoral students work on wide-ranging topics including Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, music and emigration, Soviet music and piano music. Her most influential works to date are her monograph The Operas of Sergei Prokofiev (Boydell & Brewer, 2020) and a co-edited collection of landmark essays entitled Rethinking Prokofiev (OUP, 2020).

Christina’s teaching, across undergraduate and postgraduate levels, combines a mixture of practice-based work as well as research-driven projects. She has held research posts at Princeton University and the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel. She is also Visiting Professor at the Centre de Recherche Universitaire Lorrain d’Histoire, Université de Lorraine.

Awards, Experience & Expertise

Dr Guillaumier is the recipient of several research awards including from the AHRC, the Higher Education Funding Council of England, the European Union, the American Musicological Society and the Russian Federation. She is a highly sought-after expert in music education, curriculum reform and digital learning. Her expertise lies in Higher Education curriculum innovation, design, and implementation; quality assurance and enhancement as well as academic management; research project development and implementation. She has worked in the UK and EU conservatoire sector for well over a decade. She continues to serve on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programme and exam boards both in the UK, Europe, Singapore and the Middle East.