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Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor


Famous as :

Singer, songwriter and pianist

Birth Name :

Regina Ilyinichna Spektor

Birth Date :

February 18, 1980

Birth Place :

Moscow, Russia

Claim to fame :

Single "Fidelity" (2006)


Regina Spektor was born in Moscow on February 18, 1980 before the Soviet Union collapsed. Her mother taught music, while her father was a violist and photographer. Regina began learning to play piano at the age of 6, practicing her skill using a Petrof piano given by her grandfather to her mother. When the Soviet Union ruler Mikhail Gorbachev began his policy of perestroika in 1989, she and her parents immigrated to Bronx, New York City, and started a new life there. "We had to sell the piano because we weren't allowed to bring anything foreign-made out of Russia," she recalled. "It was considered Soviet property. I was so sad."

Lucky for Regina, she got Manhattan School of Music professor, Sonia Vargas, as her teacher. "She ended up being my teacher until I was 17. The Japanese have a proverb: whenever the student is ready, the teacher appears. In a lot of ways, that's how my life has been, there's been this kind of harmony with things - I wrote a few songs, then someone heard me and offered me a show; I decided I was ready to tour and then I went on tour with the Strokes. It makes you live your whole life differently. You can't just sit around, getting angry because you think you're ready. If you were really ready, things would be happening," she said.

Latest News

Regina Spektor Announced Birth of Her First Child

April 02, 2014 15:25:18 GMT

is officially a mother. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter announced on Thursday, April 1 that she had given birth to her first child, a baby boy, with husband Jack Dishel.

Regina Spektor Will Skip the Grammys Because She's 'Super Pregnant'

January 25, 2014 05:26:12 GMT

, who is nominated for an award at the Grammys for the first time, will miss the awards show. Spektor announced in her Facebook on Thursday, January 23 that she would not be able to attend the event because she was "super pregnant."

Video Premiere: Regina Spektor's 'How'

October 17, 2012 07:05:43 GMT

A music video for 's song "How" has been made available for fans' viewing pleasure. The clip opens with black-dominated scenes which feature close-up shots of the anti-folk songstress. She still appears alone in other scenes which are more colorful.

Exclusive Clip of 'Common Law' 1.04: Travis and Wes Discuss Their Food War

June 07, 2012 06:34:20 GMT

When "" returns later this week, Travis and Wes find another thing they can't agree over. In an exclusive clip for AceShowbiz, the detective duo opt to grab some junk food after arguing about where they should go for lunch, only to find themselves getting into a messy food war.

John Mayer Still Reigns Billboard 200, Regina Spektor Enters at No. 3

June 07, 2012 06:26:16 GMT

's "" stays atop the Billboard 200 two weeks after it was released in the United States. The fifth studio installment of the Connecticut-born rocker sells another 65,000 copies, making it the smallest number of units for a number one album since 's "" topped the chart with 45,000 in February 2011.

Ronnie Wood Praises Upcoming Duet Partner Regina Spektor

October 01, 2010 04:53:49 GMT

star Ronnie Wood is plotting to create a rock supergroup with jazz singer/songwriter . The guitarist admits he's hooked on Russian-born Spektor's singing style and is planning to "hijack" her when she's next in London.

Cellist Daniel Cho Drowned in Switzerland

July 09, 2010 07:03:00 GMT

A top session cellist has drowned in Switzerland on the eve of a performance with at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Daniel Cho, who has previously performed with as well as , was a member of Cooper, whose songs have appeared on hit MTV show "".

Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon and More Lined Up for Bonnaroo Fest

February 10, 2010 04:52:17 GMT

Those who will rock Manchester, Tennessee at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival have been announced. Among the performers are , , , and .

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