Iva Fleischhansová studied in Prague at the Academy of Performing Arts with Nora Grumliková. In 1994 she went to the UK to do postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Lydia Mordkovich. Fired with enthusiasm for period performance, she also studied with Pauline Nobes and Andrew Manze.
While in Prague, Iva was co-leader of the Suk Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Talich Chamber Orchestra. Since her settling in the UK she has worked with Manchester Camerata, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Classical Players, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Sixteen and others and toured with them extensively in Europe, America and Japan. She regularly performs with the renowned Czech pianist Tomáš Víšek, in a violin duo with her husband Mark Butler, the Lux Ensemble, the Bosch Quartet and has made recordings for BBC films and for Czech Radio.
Iva is sought after as a leader in community orchestras. She currently leads the Orchestra da Chiesa with whom she performed Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in 2015 and Elgar’s The Kingdom the following year. She often performs as a soloist or leader with the English National Baroque Ensemble in Bristol and she was a leader of the Oxted Sinfonietta. Iva also enjoys teaching violin and musical skills to very young children as a Colourstrings teacher.