A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, harpist Tomina Parvanova is a high-demand musician having performed with major orchestras and ensembles such as Boston Symphony Orchestra (Tanglewood on Parade), Boston Ballet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Tanglewood Festival Chorus among others. In 2011, she was a harp fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed under the baton of world renowned conductors such as Kurt Masur, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and worked closely with Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Charles Wourinen. Currently, Ms. Parvanova holds the Principal harp positions with New York Repertory Orchestra, Astoria Symphony Orchestra and she performs frequently with Albany Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Parvanova has won numerous awards and honors, including first prize at the Bulgarian International Harp Competition “Young Virtuoso”, second place at the USA International Music Competition (Boston, MA), as well as being chosen between candidates from all over the world to perform at the 9th World Harp Congress, Dublin "Focus on Youth" concerts. She was also a winner of the "Ann Hobson Pilot Scholarship" (2009, 2011). Other honors include second place at the National Music Academy Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria and third place at the International Festival of Music "Coast of Hope" Dobrich, Bulgaria. As a great collaborator of contemporary music, Ms. Parvanova has premiered works by celebrated composers such as Charles Wourinen, Gunther Schuller, Martin Boykan, George Tsontakis to name a few. She has performed with new music groups including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Xanthos Ensemble, and has taken part of the New York Institute & Festival for Contemporary Performance, IFCP (2014, 2015). Aside from classical music, Ms. Parvanova performs regularly for The Fantasticks Off-Broadway Show, the world's longest runinng musical, she has appeared with singer-songwriter Diane Badie, Four Celtic Voices, and has taken part of Diana Krall's 2009 "Quiet Nights" tour. Ms. Parvanova is also featured on recordings with Albany Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Providence Singers, “Muziko Monda” World Music Ensemble and Pazardjic Symphony Orchestra. While in Bulgaria, Ms. Parvanova was a 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 and has worked closely with Jessica Zhou and Rita Costanzi. In June 2009, she was a harp fellow at The Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Vancouver B.C.
Under a full scholarship, Ms. Parvanova completed her Bachelor of Music Degree in Harp Performance from The Boston Conservatory in 2009. While at the conservatory, she was a winner of the Boston Conservatory Chamber Music Honors Competition and was a soloist of the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble premiering “Zusienku” by Igor Iwanek – Poem for Harp and Wind Ensemble, written especially for her. Awarded a full tuition scholarship at Boston University College of Fine Arts, Ms. Parvanova completed her Master’s Degree in Harp Performance in 2011. Her primary teachers were Ann Hobson Pilot, Cynthia Price-Glynn, Ursula Holliger, Malina Hristova and Kohar Andonian.