Biography

  
Tiffany Baker, who has been playing lever harp 
since 1999, was taught by Robin Ward (see
Links).
She now teaches both the lever harp and the triple
harp
to students of all ages. She has played in
public concerts and at many special occasions
such as weddings, funerals, engagement parties,  
birthday parties, high teas, and product launches,
mainly around the Wellington region in New Zealand. 
 
At the New Zealand Harp Festival in 2004, Tiffany
was privileged to have a masterclass with Welsh
harpist Elinor Bennett.
 

From 2005 to 2008, Tiffany was the harpist for the
orchestra, Wellington Youth Sinfonietta
. In 2008 she
also played with the more senior Wellington Youth Orchestra.
In 2011 she was the harpist at a weekend
workshop held in Palmerston North for three Youth
Orchestras from Wellington, Manawatu and Hawkes
Bay. She played the well known harp cadenza, Waltz
of the Flowers
from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

 

In 2006 Tiffany was part of a group of five harpists
who played on nationwide television on The Good
Morning Show
. After the group had played, she was
interviewed by Sarah Bradley.

 

She has received awards in three chamber music
contests and for music events at New Zealand
ACE Student Conventions. In 2004, with her sister
playing cello and her brother playing violin, Tiffany
played harp at the South Pacific ACE Student
Convention in Victoria, Australia, and again in 2008
with two brothers in Queensland, Australia. At both Conventions she received several awards and her
groups were chosen to play before an audience
of more than 500 people.

 

Tiffany attended the 2009 ACE International
Student Convention in Missouri, USA. At the
opening ceremony, a Baker Trio was honoured
to be asked to play for more than 2,000 people.
At the awards ceremony, Tiffany received seven
medals for New Zealand. 

 

In 2010, Tiffany was a solo artist at a Sunday
Concert Series held at Pataka, the Porirua Museum.
She played both her lever harp and triple harp.

Later that year, at the South Pacific Student
Convention in Victoria, Australia, Tiffany, along
with her sister and a brother, were asked, as
graduates, to play a trio for about 500 people.

 

In 2011, Tiffany was delighted to accompany
Lydia McDonnell, an upcoming soprano, at her
but concert in Lower Hutt. Later that year,
she played at the Homestead of the British
High Commission in Karori, Wellington,
for the Save the Children Fund.

 

The highlight of 2012 was attending the Fifth
Australian Harp Festival held in Adelaide. There
were prestigious international artists who held
many concerts and workshops. Tiffany was part
of the Festival Ensemble that performed at the
end of the Festival.

 

 

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Tiffany with her triple harp (left) and lever harp (right)
 
 
 
 

 
 
 Mt. Taranaki from Lake Mangamahoe, New Zealand
(near New Plymouth, where Tiffany was born)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tiffany after playing the Waltz of the Flowers
harp cadenza at the combined orchestras' weekend