• 1993 – 1999

    Conservatory in Košice - study of the piano play (O. Reiprich and P. Kaščák), composition (J. Podprocký)

  • 2000 – 2005

    Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava - study of composition (V. Bokes)

  • 2000 – 2005

    study of composition at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst (M. Jarrell)

  • 2005 – 2008

    doctoral study (ArtD.) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, composition (V. Bokes)

  • since 2002

    member of a piano duo with Diana Cibuľová, cooperation with Austrian soprano Petra Chiba

  • since 2005

    member of the ensemble of contemporary music – Ensemble Lux

  • since 2008

    artistic leader of the chamber Quasars Ensemble

  • since 2013

    chair of the Slovak Composers Association

Ivan Buffa attended international compositional courses in Český Krumlov, CZ (H. Oehring, L. Toressen, M. Kopelent), Reichenau, AT (Gy. Fekete) and interpretation courses in Vienna, AT (Gy. Kurtág) and Walderbach, DE (E. Nesterenko).

As a composer and interpret he took part in many concerts and festivals in Slovakia and abroad (Melos-Ethos, New Slovak Music, Orpheus, Convergences, Evenings of New Music, Festival of Contemporary Art in Košice, Prague Spring, Wiener Tage der zeitgenössischen Klaviermusik, Concerts of the Austrian Company for Contemporary Music, Ost-West Podium in Kassel, Aspekte Salzburg u.a.).