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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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  • ChristFollower3

    “Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.” –Proverbs 1:24-27

    22 Jun 9:04pm Reply
  • iwrestledabeard

    "She's literally a supporter of genocide." "Fuck genocide' 'all racists should be gunned down in their place of work' lol wut

    15 Jun 10:51am Reply
  • JustAKayee

    Goodness me, sit down before you hurt yourself. No one cares about you deleting your Regina Spektor scrobbles.

    14 Jun 1:44am Reply
  • Seperat0r

    Also, not all Jews are Pro-Israel Zionists. GiancarloPessoa is scum and needs to not drag me down to his shit ass level. EAT SHIT THE LOT OF YA

    8 Jun 4:11am Reply
  • Seperat0r

    She's literally a supporter of genocide. There are no apolitical people, there is no apolitical art. Fuck Charlie Hebdo, all racists should be gunned down in their place of work. Fuck Israel. Fuck genocide. You're defending the genocide of children and innocents if you defend Regina. "Separate the art from the artist" is the most ignorant neoliberal nonsense that you scumbags love to reiterate. I have the scruples to drop a million Regina Spektors from my library, sorry you're morally bankrupt. FREE PALESTINE NOW

    8 Jun 4:09am Reply
  • luizpaulojp

    New album, please!

    31 May 12:11am Reply
  • JustAKayee

    no one gives a fuck about ur stupid as fuck over-reactionary political agenda driven bullshit @seperat0r [2] Good grief, separate the art from the artist and enjoy the music or GTFO.

    28 May 7:18pm Reply
  • kajo_93

    bitch give us a new albummmmmm this waiting is torture

    18 May 7:26am Reply
  • iwrestledabeard

    @Seperat0r You don't like her anymore because you found out that she's Pro Freedom Of Speech? That's the dumbest fucking thing Ive ever heard

    29 Apr 5:22am Reply
  • Herick_MS

    what

    29 Mar 4:38am Reply
  • twelvesugars

    I know it's Regina's music and talent that I love, not her personality or her views - even then, I have no right to judge her. But I grew up listening to her on repeat and idolizing her and crushing on her and whatever other ways I put her on a pedestal in my early teens. To see that she's a hypocrite and clueless about issues that she frequently offers her two cents on - through music or otherwise - is pretty painful. Maybe it's kinda petty of me to say this, but it's hard to listen to music from a person who acts the way she does. And no, she's not a demon and I'm in no position to comment on her character aside from this, but she comes across as so goddamn ignorant and self-righteous. In retrospect, her lyrics are dripping with that superiority, Laughing With from Far is a good example. I don't know, it might just be my personal shit here, but it's not an enjoyable listen for me any more... I think I finally outgrew her. It feels strange. TL;DR Boohoo, my fave is too problematic.

    21 Mar 9:33pm Reply
  • captaindaah

    no one gives a fuck about ur stupid as fuck over-reactionary political agenda driven bullshit @seperat0r

    20 Mar 5:34am Reply
  • GiancarloPessoa

    @Seperat0r she is jew so what do you expect?

    22 Feb 12:56am Reply
  • a4e4i

    the song Lady i do like.

    18 Feb 5:49pm Reply
  • Alex_Darkness

    Happy Birthday, Regina!

    18 Feb 4:40pm Reply
  • Seperat0r

    I loved her so fucking much, but I just don't see myself getting past what a scumbag she is. I checked out her twitter and seen a #jesuischarlie, so yeah, she's fucking trash.

    16 Feb 9:53am Reply
  • pechorkinname

    I wonder what she thinks of the sanctions against Russia?

    2 Feb 6:32pm Reply
  • stupidfukk

    Ghost of a Corporate Future ♥

    19 Jan 12:54am Reply
  • gitfacehal

    I love how flexible her voice is. It's like she's acting with audio.

    18 Jan 7:53pm Reply
  • Shayrosen

    She's been my favorite female artist from the first time I heard "Hope To Begin", back when I was just a dumb and hopeless teen! Whenever I hear one of her songs I always feel better, they have a strange and magical effect on me :) Her concert in Caesarea, Israel was amazing, I'll never forget it!! Thank you Regina!

    16 Jan 6:09pm Reply
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