A violinist and conductor, comes from a musically prominent family in northeastern Pennsylvania. He began studying the violin at age seven with his father, a noted conductor and teacher, and continued his education at the Peabody Conservatory with Berl Senofsky. He then studied at Temple University with Luis Biava, where he graduated with a Master's degree, as well as a Professional Studies Certificate. In 1991, he became one of the founding members of the DaPonte String Quartet and still works and performs in Maine and elsewhere with the quartet. Mr. Liva spent four years as Assistant Professor of violin and chamber music at Wilkes University, and conductor of the University Orchestra. He currently teaches a private studio of students, conducts the Sea Coast Youth Orchestra and the Sea Coast Community Orchestra, has conducted the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra and University Orchestra, and teaches violin as an adjunct faculty member at the University.