Iva Raykova,born in Sofia,Bulgaria, 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 Bachelor of Music degree at Texas Christian University (TCU) where she studied under Dr. Misha Galaganov. She continued her studies at Southern Methodist University, earning a Masters degree in Viola Performance, in the class of Barbara Sudweeks. At the moment Iva is pursuing an Artist Certificate at Texas Christian University.
Iva is an active performer and has appeared in festivals such as AIMS in Graz, Castleton Festival, Brevard Music Center and Music in the Mountains. Iva has also performed with several orchestras including Irving Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Plano Symphony, Waco Symphony and Oddysseus Chamber Orchestra among others.
Iva has performed in master classes with Erika Eckert,Michael Strauss, Gertrud Weinmeister, Hugo Wolf Quartet, Samuel Rhodes,Alexander Zemtsov and others.Iva has also performed as a chamber and orchestral musician in United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia and Bulgaria.