Zhenya Zianouka was born in the Republic of Belarus. She grew up among a family of dedicated musicians with her mother, a music teacher and conductor, and father, an accomplished composer and performer. Zhenya started playing the violin at the age of six. She attended the Oginsky School of Music in her hometown of Molodechno, where she studied violin, piano, and music theory for eight years. During her studies, she participated in classical violin competitions and appeared on stage, performing contemporary music on the electric violin. After her graduation, Zhenya was accepted into the prestigious Minsk State Linguistic University, where she was recognized for her scholastic talents and foreign language proficiency. Upon moving to the United States, Zhenya was awarded a scholarship to study Violin Performance at Hood College in Frederick MD, where she held the position of Concert Master in the university string ensemble. Her awards and acknowledgements include  the prestigious Marie A. Markow Excellence in Music Prize and The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Music Scholar Award.