Gulnara Mashurova is a native of Kazakhstan and a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. She earned her Bachelor and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School and a second Masters from the Manhattan School of Music. In 1994 she was a finalist in the World International Harp Competition in Wales, Cardiff. Prior to moving to Singapore, Ms Mashurova was a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic both in live performances and recordings. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Suspeso Contemporary Ensemble, Absolute Ensemble and the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo Yo Ma. Ms Mashurova can be heard on recording with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, The Silk Road Ensemble, NHK and the Absolute Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Flagstaff Symphony and the Thailand Philharmonic. In 2006 and 2007 Ms Mashurova traveled to her native Kazakhstan to promote harp repertoire by performing concertos, recitals and chamber music. She has participated in the Pacific Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, USA and Spoleto Festival, Italy. In 2003, Ms Mashurova joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Principal Harpist and is on the faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.