Zhenia (Jenia) Kobylyanska was born in the city of Odessa, Ukraine. In 1989, Zhenia joined the Stolyarskiy Music School-Lyceum, where she studied with Pavel Kupin and Valentina Balon. She played her first solo recital when she was nine years old, the same year she won the Audience Award at the International Children’s Competition in Uzbekistan. In 1995, Zhenia moved to Mexico, where she continued studying cello with her mother, Elena Befani. At the same time she was taking master classes and courses with well-known cellists such as Wolfgang Lauffer, Richard Marcson, Reinmar Seidler and others. In 2007, Zhenia returned to Europe in order to get her Bachelor degree. Zhenia worked in multiple orchestras, starting from a very young age. She also performed as a soloist with San Diego Symphony, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Chamber Orchestra of Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City, Sinaloa State Symphony Orchestra of Fine Arts, and UANL Chamber Orchestra, Monterrey.
Currently Zhenia is holding a position of a co-principal cellist in the Orchestra of Baja California (Tijuana, Mexico). Zhenia works as an adjunct cello faculty at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC). She also works as a cello teacher at the Music Art Center, participating in a program “Talents of Baja California” and as an artistic director of an ensemble “Cellofornia”. Zhenia is also an active chamber performer in a piano-cello duo with Yuliya Minina and is a frequent visitor of the Greater Seattle Area.