Regina Spektor

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Regina Spektor Biography

Regina Spektor (born 18.2.1980)

Regina Spektor is a Soviet-American songwriter, singer and pianist. She is widely associated with New York's anti-folk scene.

Regina Spektor: Childhood

Regina Spektor was born in Moscow. Her Jewish parents were both musical - her father Ilya is an amateur violinist and her mother, Bella was a music professor and now teaches at a public school in New York.

Regina learned piano as a child, practicing on a Petrof piano that was a present to her mother from her grandfather. Although she was forced to leave the piano behind when the family emigrated, both of her parents felt that it was better to leave behind the discrimination that they faced as a Jewish family in USSR.

Whilst she grew up in New York, Regina Spektor studied classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music, taught by Sonia Vargas, until the age of 17. Outside of the college, Spektor practiced on the piano at her local synagogue.

Regina Spektor: Career

Whilst on a trip to Israel, Regina Spektor was introduced to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco and at the age of 16, she started writing songs. In 2001, she graduated with honours from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College.

When Spektor began performing her songs publicly, she would play at New York venues such as the Sidewalk Café in the East Village, the Living Room and the Knitting Factory.

Having sold a couple of self-made albums at gigs (11:11 in 2001 and Songs in 2002), Regina Spektor signed to Sire Records, who released her third album, Soviet Kitsch, which she had originally self-released in 2003.

Spektor has always made a number of literary allusions in her work, to writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald. She has counted artists such as Billie Holiday, Chopin and Tom Waits amongst her influences. She has also covered songs by Madonna, Leonard Cohen and John Lennon as part of her live repertoire.

Regina Spektor's first major tour came in 2003 when she supported The Strokes on their 'Room On Fire' tour. During the tour, she recorded the song 'Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men' with them.

In 2005, Spektor supported Keane when they toured North America. She has also appeared on a number of popular TV shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

In 2006, Regina Spektor released the album Begin to Hope, followed by Far in 2009. Many of her songs have been used in soundtracks and on TV advertisements, including ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Vodafone's TV advertising campaign. She also performed for Oscar de la Renta's catwalk show in New York in 2008. Regina also performed 'The Call' in the final sequence of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. In 2009, 'Better' was used in My Sister's Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz - based on a novel Jodi Picoult.

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small steps project - celebrity shoe auction 061113
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regina spektor performing live on stage during day
regina spektor performing live on stage during day

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The Latest Regina Spektor News

Regina Spektor Gives Birth To Baby Boy

2nd April 2014

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Rihanna And Drake Lead Mtv Vmas 2012

31st July 2012

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Regina Spektor Reviews

Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats Album Review Album Review

25th September 2012

Regina Spektor could be described as this generation's Fiona Apple; a female artist producing emotive,...

Regina Spektor - The Corn Exchange, Cambridge 22/07/2010 Live Review

28th July 2010

The closing date of Regina Spektor's European tour at the Cambridge Corn Exchange last Thursday...

Regina Spektor - Far Album Review

10th August 2009

Review of Regina Spektor's album Far.Regina Spektor makes her long awaited return with her first...

Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope Album Review

14th June 2006

Regina SpektorBegin To HopeAlbum Review Regina Spektor is the artist the adult contemporary genre was...

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Regina Spektor Festivals

Open'er Festival

2nd July 2014


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1st August 2014

T in the Park

11th July 2014

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Regina Spektor Footage Film / Movie Reviews

Regina Spektor Live In London 2009, Review by Andy Peterson

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The Latest Regina Spektor Press Releases

Regina Spektor Releases 'Live In London' On November 22nd

2nd November 2010

Regina Spektor will release her first concert film and live album 'Live in London' on November...

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