Growing up in the small town of Franklin, Ohio, Anna Eyink was born into a family of musicians. Her parents played together in bluegrass band Foxtail Grass before settling down to teach various levels of music and orchestra in southern Ohio. The oldest of five string-playing children, Anna’s love for the violin began at a very young age. She started classical violin lessons in the first grade, and she has never looked back.
As a young musician, Anna always knew that she never wanted to be confined to a strictly classical box. Her father introduced her to bluegrass, Celtic, and jazz through his after school Alternative Strings program. As a member, she had opportunities to perform with artists such as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome, Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, and Sierra Hill. Additionally, Anna often assisted her father in creating string arrangements for these performances, and she transcribed all of the string and piano parts from the original Trio albums (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris) for two Trio tribute performances at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival.
Anna received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University in 2020. She studied under Dr. Penny Thompson Kruse, who refined her classical technique and encouraged exploring modern styles as well. During her time at BGSU, Anna joined the Roots Music Club, an extracurricular group of musicians from all majors who came together to jam, perform, and write original music. She became the President of the club during her junior year. Through Roots, she formed indie folk/rock band Modern Hollows. The group recorded two EPs, performed at local gigs, and won second place at WBGU-FM’s Battle of the Bands in 2017.
In 2022, Anna received her Master’s degree in Commercial Violin Performance from Belmont University under the instruction of Dr. Ryan Joseph. While at Belmont, she performed in the Jazz String Quartet, coached by Paul Nelson and Tracy Silverman. Recently, Anna has performed for Josh Groban, Tommee Profitt, Jordan Smith, J4, Sean Caramore, and the award-winning Medical Musical Group at the Grand Ole Opry House. She currently plays with country artist Savannah Burrows, and she teaches and performs around Nashville.