Originally from Sofia,Bulgaria,Iva began her musical studies at the age of 4 and graduated the National Musical School “Lyubomir Pipkov” where she studied viola in the class of Stefan Jilkov. Iva earned a BM and AD in viola performance from Texas Christian University and a MM in performance from Southern Methodist University
Iva is an active teacher and performer and has appeared in festivals such as Ohio Light Opera, AIMS in Graz, Castleton Festival, Brevard Music Center and Music in the Mountains.As an orchestra musician, Iva has performed with Irving Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Plano Symphony, Waco Symphony and Oddysseus Chamber Orchestra among others.
Since 2016, Iva is a Teaching Artist at the El Sistema inspired program B Sharp Youth Music,based in Fort Worth, which focuses on achieving social change through music and maintains a private violin/viola studio.
Iva has performed in master classes with Elias Goldstein Erika Eckert,Michael Strauss, Gertrud Weinmeister, Hugo Wolf Quartet, Samuel Rhodes,Alexander Zemtsov and others.Iva has also performed as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician in United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia and Bulgaria.