Iva Bittová于1958年出生在Moravia北部的Bruntál。她来自于一个音乐家庭，从小学习小提琴和芭蕾舞，小时曾加入剧团。长大后，她进入布尔诺学院研究音乐与戏剧，而后成为前卫乐团Theatre On A String的一员，并有十年时间都在演电影和电视，她出演的著名电影有《Island of Silver Herons》、《The Diary of One Who Disappeared》、《Rosy Dreams》、《The Apple and Its Tree》、《A Ballad for a Bandit》。
捷克观众第一次见识到Iva Bittová的音乐才气是在1987年，她和打击乐手Pavel Fajt灌录了一张名为《Bittová and Fajt》的专辑，其风格为极微主义，融合另类摇滚与斯拉夫、吉普赛音乐。
自1991年发行首张专辑后，Iva Bittová又陆续推出7张作品。乐评人一直都想将她的音乐归类：有人形容她是捷克的Meredith Monk，指的是同样戏剧化的高难度声音演出；也有人将她比喻为Laurie Anderson，因为她们同样以小提琴为创作工具，歌曲写作充满剧场视觉感受。但是Iva Bittová认为自己的风格是“属于我自己的私人民谣”。
她的血统混合吉普赛与犹太人，从民谣传统汲取养分。但是小提琴训练对她的声音表达与歌曲写作，都有极大影响。Iva Bittová的父亲就是个高超的小提琴乐手，此外，她也跟随Rudolf Stastny习艺。她弹奏小提琴十分狂放，有时将它当成ukulele（夏威夷四弦琴）、斑鸠琴来抓弹，有时候用弓拉奏，有时用木棍敲击，当成节奏乐器。观赏她的现场演出是种兴奋的享受，她用整个身体与小提琴结合，脚还不停打拍子。她说小提琴是最棒的一种乐器，它形塑也改变了她，唤醒她的感觉与感情。
Iva Bittová was born in 1958 in Bruntál in northern Moravia in what was then Czechoslovakia - and nowadays the Czech Republic. Both of her parents were musicians. Her mother Ludmila was a pre-school teacher who spent most of her life with her family; her father Koloman Bitto - Bittová is the surname's female form - was a musician strongly influenced by the land of his birth - southern Slovakia. His main instruments were string bass, cimbalom, guitar, and trumpet. This exceptional ability to play almost any instrument he laid his hands on, whether performing in classical or folk music styles, proved a major influence on his three daughters as they grew up. Both of Iva's sisters - her older sister Ida and her younger sister Regina - are professional drama and music performers.
Iva attended drama pre-school, specializing in violin and ballet. In due course she gained admittance to the Music Conservatory in Brno, often called the Czech Republic's second city. She graduated in drama and music. During her studies, Iva took part-time engagements as an actress and musician in Brno's Divadlo Husa na provázku (Goose On A String Theater). She cites these engagements as some of the most formative and influential of her life.
Around this time she also featured as an actress in radio, TV and movie productions. Later on, while working full time in theater, she re-kindled her interest in playing violin, an instrument she had set aside in her younger years. After her father's early death, she decided to follow in his professional footsteps as an instrumentalist and by composing her own music.
In 1982, Iva started studying with Professor Rudolf __astn_, the primarius (first violin) of the Moravian String Quartet. In the intervening years the violin has become her life's passion and the most inspiring musical instrument in her professional life. Iva firmly believes that, as playing the violin places extreme demands on musicians, the composer's work depends utterly on commitment and diligence.
After living in the countryside near Brno for 17 years, Iva decided to relocate her personal and professional life to the United States. In the summer of 2007, she settled amid the splendors of nature in upstate New York. Iva shares her Hudson Valley home with her younger son Antonín (born 1991) - also a dedicated musician and another chip off the Bitto block.