Iva Raykova began her musical studies in Bulgaria at the age of 4 and graduated the National Musical School “Lyubomir Pipkov”. Iva holds a BM and AD in performance from Texas Christian University, where she studied with Dr. Misha Galaganov and MM in performance from Southern Methodist University, where she was in the class
of Barbara Sudweeks.
Iva is an active performer and teacher. She has appeared in festivals such as Ohio Light Opera,AIMS in Graz, Castleton Festival, Brevard Music Center and Music in the Mountains. Iva has performed as an orchestra musician with Irving Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Plano Symphony, Waco Symphony and Oddysseus Chamber Orchestra among others.
Iva has participated in master classes with E.Goldstein, E.Eckert, M.Strauss, Hugo Wolf Quartet, Samuel Rhodes, and others.Iva has also performed as a chamber and orchestral musician in United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia and Bulgaria
Since 2016, Iva is a Teaching artist in the El sistema inspired program “B Sharp Youth Music” which focuses on creating social change through music and maintains a private violin/viola studio.