South African violinist Lieva Starker completed her BMus(Hons) degree (first class) under Jan Repko and Jiafeng Chen at Birmingham Conservatoire. She is currently studying towards a Masters in Music Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying under Jiafeng Chen, Pavel Fischer and Oliver Wille. She is a keen recital, chamber and orchestral musician and enjoys teaching as well.
Lieva has performed as soloist with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, currently the two leading orchestras in South Africa. She made her debut as a recital artist in a national tour alongside pianist Anneke Lamont. The tour featured concerts in the cities of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and was supported by a South African Music Rights Organisation grant.
In the UK, Lieva has been the deputy concertmaster for the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Orchestra and has performed in chamber music concerts with the likes of Leon Bosch, Pavel Fischer, Hannah Roberts, and Louise Lansdown.
Lieva is passionate about new music. She has performed works of Sean Clancy with the Thallein Ensemble. She also performed in the 2016 Unyazi electronic music festival in Cape Town where she, along with Waldo Alexander, Marguerite Spies and Piet de Beer, premiered works by João Orecchia, Njabulo Phungula and others. She has also had solo violin works written for her by Hendrik Hofmeyr, Lise Morrison and Piere-Henri Wicomb. In 2017, she will bring out her debut EP, featuring works for solo violin by contemporary South African composers.
As a teacher, Lieva is involved with the ARCO outreach programme, which has members of the Birmingham Conservatoire provide Skype lessons for disadvantaged students at the Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music in Soweto, South Africa. She has been a violin tutor in the programme since January 2016 and took part in the visit to the centre in August 2016. Moreover, Lieva volunteers for the Melody Music Birmingham Programme for children with learning difficulties.
Lieva has won the string prize and was the overall runner-up for the University of South Africa Grade 8 scholarship prize in 2013. She was also the winner of the string prize for the Artscape Youth Music Competition in 2012 and the overall winner of the 2011 Pieter Kooij Competition. She was awarded a full scholarship to pursue her music studies at Stellenbosch University in 2013 and the following year was awarded a scholarship to further her studies at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Lieva plays on a c.1720 Turin School violin kindly on loan from the Harrison Frank Foundation.