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About

Bulgarian harpist Tomina Parvanova Lyden is one of the most sought-after musicians in the New York area. She is currently in her fourth season as principal harpist of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra and has appeared with such world-class orchestras as Boston Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Boston Ballet and Louisiana Philharmonic. Tomina has performed On and Off-Broadway for several shows. She was the harpist for Soft Power (Original cast recording GRAMMY NOMINEE) and We're Only Alive For A Short Amount Of Time, as well as substitute musician for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel (starring Renée Fleming), Hello, Dolly! (starring Bette Midler) and The Fantasticks (the world’s longest-running show). 

 

In 2011, Tomina was a harp fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center where she performed under the baton of world-renowned conductors to include Jaap van Zweden, Kurt Masur, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and worked closely with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wourinen. She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues, namely Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Seji Ozawa Hall and Koussevitzky Music Shed. Tomina has won multiple awards, including Second prize winner of the USA International Music Competition for Strings (2010, Boston, MA) and two-time winner of the AHS Boston Chapter "Ann Hobson Pilot Scholarship" (2010, 2011). She was also chosen between candidates from all over the world to perform at the 9th World Harp Congress, Dublin "Focus on Youth" concerts (2005). 

 

While pursuing her studies in Boston, Tomina served as principal harpist with New England Philharmonic Orchestra, Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and Longwood Symphony Orchestra. As a great collaborator in contemporary music, she has performed with new music groups including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, and has taken part in the New York Institute & Festival for Contemporary Performance (IFCP -- 2014, 2015). She has recorded for labels such as Ghostlight Records, Warner Music Group, Albany Records, BMOP/Sound. Tomina holds a Master of Music in Harp Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts and a Bachelor's Degree from The Boston Conservatory. Her primary teachers include Ann Hobson Pilot, Cynthia Price Glynn, Ursula Holliger, Malina Hristova and Kohar Andonian. 

"...a first class professional harpist."
  John Rutter 
"...special mention must be given to the NJSO’s harpist, 
Tomina Parvanova, who […] elegantly showed how deftly
[John] Williams makes the harp a brief, but standout character."
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