Dr. Alfred & D. Suzi Osher School of Music

Ferdinand Liva

Artist Faculty in Violin
Ferdinand Liva

Office Location

Corthell Hall



Academic Degrees

  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Peabody Conservatory
  • Master of Music, in Violin Performance, Temple University
  • Professional Studies Certificate in Violin, Temple University


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, receiving numerous awards from Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Quartet has performed on many concert series in the U.S., also touring in Canada and Europe. They have collaborated with many fine musicians such as Anton Querti, Rami Solomonov, Gilbert Kalish, Marc Johnson, Laura Kargul, Pamela Mia Paul, and commissioned new works for string quartet by composers such as Gia Comolli, and David Del Tredici. In 2018, the DaPonte String Quartet released a new recording of Mendelssohn and Beethoven quartets on Centaur Records, titled Pathways to Healing.

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 Seacoast Youth and Community Orchestra, has conducted the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra and Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, currently conducts the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra and teaches violin as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine School of Music.

(Updated February 2019)

Areas of Expertise

Violin Performance - Chamber Music

Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts

Recent Publications

DaPonte String Quartet Pathways to Healing, CD, Centaur Records, 2018


See www.daponte.org for current performance schedule

Awards and Recognition

Daponte String Quartet:

   2018 Downeast Readers Choice Award