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Regina Spektor

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New York, United States (2001 – present)

Regina Spektor (born Regina Ilyinichna Spektor on 18 February 1980 in Moscow) is a Russian-born American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered on New York City’s East Village.

Spektor studied classical piano from the age of six, practising on a Petrof piano given to her mother by her grandfather. She was also exposed to the music of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles, Queen, and The Moody Blues by her father, who obtained such recordings in Eastern Europe and traded cassettes with friends in the Soviet Union. The family left the Soviet Union in 1989, when Regina was nine, during the period of Perestroika when Jewish citizens were permitted to emigrate. The seriousness of her piano studies led her parents to consider not leaving Russia, but they finally decided to emigrate, for religious and political reasons.

Travelling first to Austria and then Italy, the family settled in the Bronx, New York, United States where Spektor graduated from a middle school yeshiva. She then attended the Frisch Yeshiva High School in Paramus, New Jersey on a scholarship for two years, but, feeling out of place, eventually transferred to a secular public school, Fair Lawn High School, in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where she finished the last two years of her high school career
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In New York, Spektor gained a firm grounding in classical music from her piano teacher, Sonia Vargas, a professor at the Manhattan School of Music.

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  • srtmeyrink

    Looooooove <3

    11 Sep 3:38am Reply
  • venturantbruno

    new album please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [2]

    6 Sep 11:15pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    new album please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 Sep 5:18am Reply
  • BongoreHagane

    Does anyone know where i can download her iTunes Live from SoHo? I just can't found in anywhere. D:

    21 Aug 4:02am Reply
  • Aristoi

    It's time for her back with a new truck. err, I mean track.

    16 Aug 10:41pm Reply
  • adamzZz

    I miss the old Songs/Begin to Hope-era Regina, her songs were so lovely and lyrical, not too poppy, sometimes bluesy and always top-notch and to the point. Her latest two aren't memorable and inspiring enough, though...

    16 Aug 8:22pm Reply
  • JulianaAlves-

    im here for orange is the new black lol [2]

    26 Jul 12:11pm Reply
  • bearspektor

    ohh mulher lança material novo para nós. Quero Loveology no próximo álbum :3

    20 Jul 3:30am Reply
  • tobehurt

    <3

    18 Jul 4:57pm Reply
  • pr1madonna

    im here for orange is the new black lol

    14 Jul 5:58am Reply
  • Allaaan

    rejazz ♥

    13 Jul 1:24pm Reply
  • Agusplayer

    im here for orange is the new black lol

    9 Jul 12:40am Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    It's time to come back Regina! I want a new album SO BAD.

    6 Jul 2:05pm Reply
  • nathaliadr_

    Ai que saudade do álbum novo que ainda não saiu :( ♥

    4 Jul 4:29am Reply
  • ChelseaSmile95

    You've Got Time is an amazing song. I've got to try more of her stuff.

    1 Jul 7:53pm Reply
  • talita_mendes

    us ♥

    24 Jun 1:50pm Reply
  • The_Sun_XIX

    o sorriso mais bonito na música mundial. [3]

    17 Jun 9:56pm Reply
  • Seperat0r

    he's a woUNDED ANIIIMAAAALLLLLL

    29 May 11:35pm Reply
  • rUaNcArLo

    I love every single one of the six albums. There are special, unique characteristics to each one of them that make me love them all in completely different ways. But they're all amazing. MY GOD I LOVE THIS WOMAN

    21 May 1:35am Reply
  • Greenwood_AN

    Regina is like my beloved sister, her songs guide me all the way :)

    17 May 11:56am Reply
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