Violinist and conductor Ferdinand “Dino” Liva comes from a musically prominent family in northeastern Pennsylvania. He began studying the violin at age seven with his father, Ferdinand Liva (Sr.), a noted conductor and teacher, and continued his education at the Peabody Conservatory with Berl Senofsky, and at Temple University with Luis Biava, where he graduated with a master's degree and a Professional Studies Certificate. In 1992, Dino was appointed assistant professor of violin and chamber music at Wilkes University and conductor of the University Orchestra. He remained in that post until 1996.
Dino has been a member of the DaPonte String Quartet since it was formed in 1991 in Philadelphia. The quartet first came to Maine on a Rural Residency Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America in 1995. At the end of the grant period, unlike most groups sent to enrich rural communities, the four musicians and their families decided to put down personal and professional roots in Maine and to build their careers from here. In the ensuing years Dino has performed with many local musical organizations including the Portland Symphony Orchestra. For the last nine years he has been adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine, and in the spring semester of 2009 was conductor of the University Orchestra and the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. He also teaches privately and conducts the Sea Coast Youth Orchestra and the Sea Coast Community Orchestra in Damariscotta, Maine.