Regina Spektor Biography
Born in Moscow, CCCP, Regina came to the Bronx when she was 9 years old. She started studying classical piano at the age of six, and loved her teacher, but had to say goodbye, and her family had to sell the piano, right before their immigration. She badly wanted to continue her lessons when she got to America, and thanks to her piano teacher, Sonia Vargas, she was able to. Sonia was a Manhattan School of Music Professor, and her husband Samuel Marder, a NY Philharmonic violinist. They had invited Regina's family for a lunch and a free concert before their tour to Spain. After playing with their four cats and two dogs, Regina approached Sonia and asked "Will you be my teacher?" Her mother, a music historian and theorist, turned an embarrassed red, knowing the family had no piano or money for lessons. Sonia said "Of course!" and went on to teach Regina for years, her and her husband becoming like family.
In 1998, she left the Bronx for the conservatory of music at SUNY Purchase. There, she met lots of wonderful and talented people, and was inspired by the school's art scene. Many of the kids she met there were associated with the Lower East Side Anti-Folk scene. Regina played her earliest NYC shows at Sidewalk Cafe, and made the Anti-Folk world her home.
Ever since graduating Purchase in 2001, Regina has played hundreds of shows around NY. She ran away to France for a summer, and Switzerland for a spring where she also performed to rapt audiences. In NYC she has played at The Living Room, Tonic, Knitting Factory, Joe's Pub, Fez at Time Cafe, The Bowery Ballroom, CB's Gallery, Makor, and of course Sidewalk Cafe. This fall and winter she had the opportunity to open for the Strokes for their U.S. tour playing in front of thousands of music fans a night. Now she is currently on the road with the Kings of Leon for their European tour.
She has self-released two records, "11:11" and "Songs" sold at shows and online. She recently completed her third album, Soviet Kitsch - recorded in New York City and London she co-produced the album with Gordon Raphael and Alan Bezozi - the album will be released on an independent label in the later winter of 2004.
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Regina's childhood in a movie | Reviewer: Smileater | 8/6/12
I already imagine a movie about Regina Spektor's life; she and her family had to put up with so many obstacles and it has turned so beautifully great. I hope to see (and listen to) Regina more often.
My Idol! | Reviewer: Molleigh | 3/22/07
Your songs and lyrics really inspired me. They can easily be compared to real life and that is why I love them. Your voice is very unique , too, and the excitement in your songs keeps me going through the day. You so rock!!!!
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