Shaina Evoniuk was born and raised in Ashland OR, where she began classical training at the age of 5 with Kendra Law, and continued with Russian master, Faina Podolnaya. Her early summers often included performing with her father's bands, and fiddling at bluegrass festivals and camps. At the age of 18, she moved to California to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. There she studied under the tutelage of accomplished violinist, Mr. Wei He, and earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.
Upon graduating, and inspired by her generation's virtuosic force in the lively pulse of the San Francisco music scene, Shaina began branching out stylistically. Currently in demand as a national and international performer, she plays everything from classical to funk, hip-hop to rock.
In 2012, she toured internationally with the fiddle band Barrage, and currently tours with William Close & the Earth Harp Collective. When she’s home in the Bay Area, she leads the Jazz Mafia string section, as well as her Eclecta String Quartet, and 5 piece genre bending chamber ensemble called Cosa Nostra Strings.
Recently accolades include performing on a GRAMMY winning song and releasing her debut solo album Hitwoman Honey to critical acclaim & a sold out album release show. In 2019 she & her band Cosa Nostra Strings will present collaborations with The T Sisters, Otis McDonald, The Monophonics & Lilan Kane. Recent recording credits include Leon Bridges Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand (2019 GRAMMY winner for Best Traditional R&B Performance), Beats Antique A Thousand Faces Part II, The Grouch & Eligh The Tortoise & The Crow, Lyrics Born Quite A Life, and more!
Shaina has performed with ODESZA, Train, Gregory Porter, Third Eye Blind, Roy Ayers, The Human Experience, David Grisman, Chicago, Lyrics Born, Macy Gray, The Monophonics, DJ Qbert, Deltron, Liz Phair, Zion-I, and Chali 2na. Highlights of her performance career include appearances at Kennedy Center, Super Bowl XLIX, Carnegie Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival & Beijing’s Spring Festival.