Professor Christine Elizabeth Lucia was born in London in 1947 and was educated at Ealing Girls Grammar School, Oxford University, and Durham University. She emigrated to South Africa in 1974 where she pursued a career as a pianist, musicologist, and music journalist, later chairing several university music departments through periods of rapid social transformation. In 2003 she enrolled for an MA in creative writing at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, winning the English Department’s Hofmeyr Prize for short fiction in 2005 and graduating cum laude in 2007. She has published several short stories, and has written an opera libretto (Searching for Salome) based on Etienne Leroux’s novel Seven Days at the Silbersteins in the English translation by Charles Eglington.

Christine Lucia also writes and edits non-fiction. The World of South African Music: A Reader (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2005) is an anthology of writing on South African music, from 1806 to 2003. From 2004 to 2008 Professor Lucia edited the South African Journal of Musicology: SAMUS which became SAMUS: South African Music Studies. She has contributed chapters to the books Towards an African Pianism (2005), Music and Identity: Transformation and Negotiation (2007), and Composing Apartheid: Music For and Against Apartheid (2008).

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