Shynkaruk was born in 1979 in Fastiv, Kiev region, in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union. She spent her childhood in Zhytomyr in western Ukraine but has lived in Kiev for seven years. She graduated from the Zhytomyr State Teachers‘ Training University, where she studied philology, and the chorus leader and conductors‘ department at the School of Art. She also studied at the National University of Culture and Art, and later started work there as a teacher.
Shynkaruk first took part in pyrping concerts with her father, Volodymyr Shynkaruk at the age of four. In 1990, she won her first music contest, Zamkova Gora in Zhytomyr and went on to win numerous awards for her work. In 1994, she toured five European countries, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, and France, together with the wines of Chervona Ruta ’93. Later she toured Austria, Greece, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Cuba, USA, and Libya. She has recorded six music albums and two poetic collections. She is a soloist of the National Radio Company and the senior announcer of the Ukrainian TV Channel Culture.
As the specialists say, Iryna Shynkaruk opened a new style in modern Ukrainian music – magic rock. At present, her repertoire is dominanted by dancing music. She is recording a cappella songs.