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Playing the violin has been part of Iveta Hlavenkova's life since she was seven years old. Although Iveta now lives in Leeds, she spent her early years in the Czech Republic, where her violin teachers inspired her to an ever-increasing love of playing the violin and of listening to violin music - and ultimately to becoming a violin teacher herself.
The memory of her early violin teachers and the legacy they have left inspires Iveta in her own teaching, where she aims to inspire her violin pupils in the same way.
Iveta's roots in the Czech Republic - the land of Dvorak, Smetana, Janacek, Martinu - have given her a love not only of classical music but also of national folk music. Initially centred on the traditional music of her homeland, Iveta's travels to the USA broadened her repertoire to encompass American country music.
In 2011 Iveta formed a folk band, Czechmates, who play at ceilidhs and other folk events. The wide variety of instruments played includes fiddle/violin, guitar, Irish banjo, dulcimer and mandolin.
For the last few years, Iveta Hlavenkova has based her teaching practice at the Yorkshire College of Music & Drama in Leeds. The Yorkshire College is a charitable trust, and in November 2012, Iveta was appointed to the Board of Trustees.
Having now made her home as a violin teacher in Leeds, Iveta Hlavenkova has added English folk music and Celtic fiddle music to her musical activities. Many of her students also enjoy playing folk and fiddle music, and are enthusiastic members of Iveta's Leeds Folk Fiddle Group.
Iveta Hlavenkova with folk band, Czechmates