Photo by Javier Polanco


Based in New York, Bulgarian harpist Tomina Parvanova is one of the most sought-after musicians in the NY and NJ area. She has performed with a myriad of major orchestras and ensembles, including Boston Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Boston Ballet, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Albany Symphony Orchestra. Tomina has played 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. A three times winner of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra Principal Harp Chair (2018, 2016, 2015), and has been a substitute musician for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel (starring Renée Fleming), Hello, Dolly! (starring Bette Midler), Amelie, and The Fantasticks (the world’s longest running show). In 2011 Ms. Parvanova was a harp fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center where she performed under the baton of world renowned conductors, such as Jaap van Zweden, Kurt Masur, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and worked closely with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Charles Wourinen. Ms. Parvanova received her Master and Bachelor degrees in Harp Performance from Boston University, College of Fine Arts and The Boston Conservatory. While in Boston, Ms. Parvanova was the principal harpist with New England Philharmonic Orchestra, Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and Longwood Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestra and chamber artist, Ms. Parvanova has performed at some of the most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Seji Ozawa Hall, Koussevitzky Music Shed to name a few. Awards include first prize at the Bulgarian International Music Competition “Young Virtuoso” (2003), second place at the National Music Academy Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria (2005), third place at the International Festival of Music "Coast of Hope" Dobrich, Bulgaria (2002), second place at the USA International Music Competition (2010) and the AHS Boston Chapter "Ann Hobson Pilot Scholarship" (2010, 2011). Ms. Parvanova has also been chosen between candidates from all over the world to perform at the 9th World Harp Congress, Dublin "Focus on Youth" concerts (2005). As a great collaborator of contemporary music, Ms. Parvanova has performed with new music groups including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Xanthos Ensemble, and has taken part of the New York Institute & Festival for Contemporary Performance, IFCP (2014, 2015). Ms. Parvanova is also featured on recordings with Albany Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Providence Singers and “Muziko Monda” Boston’s World Music Ensemble. While in Bulgaria, Ms. Parvanova served as principal harpist with Pazardjic Symphony Orchestra, Bulgarian National Academy Symphony Orchestra and Sofia Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also appeared as a soloist with Pazardjic Symphony Orchestra performing the Dottersdorf Concerto for Harp and Orchestra. Ms. Parvanova attended Master Classes with Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Emily Mitchell and Sioned Williams. Her primary teachers include Ann Hobson Pilot, Cynthia Price Glynn, Ursula Holliger, Malina Hristova and Kohar Andonian.