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About Regina Spektor
In New York, Spektor studied classical piano with Sonia Vargas, a professor at the Manhattan Faculty of Music, until she was seventeen; Spektor's father had met Vargas through her husband, violinist Samuel Marder. Though the family had been unable to bring their piano from Russia, Spektor found a piano on that to play in the basement of her synagogue, and also practiced on tabletops and alternative laborious surfaces.
Spektor was originally interested only in classical music, but later became inquisitive about hip hop, rock and punk as well. Although she had forever created up songs round the house, Spektor initial became interested in a lot of formal songwriting during a visit to Israel with the Nesiya Institute in her teenage years when she attracted attention from the other kids on the trip for the songs she made up while hiking and realized she had a flair for songwriting.
Following this trip, she was exposed to the work of Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, and other singer-songwriters, which inspired her belief that she could produce her own songs. She wrote her initial a cappella songs round the age of sixteen and her 1st songs for voice and piano when she was nearly 18.
Spektor completed the four-year studio composition program of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase Faculty at intervals three years, graduating with honors in 2001. Around this point, she additionally worked briefly at a butterfly farm in Luck, Wisconsin, and studied in Tottenham, England for one semester.
She gradually achieved recognition through performances in the anti-folks scene in downtown New York City, most importantly at the East Village's Sidewalk Cafe, however additionally at the Living Area, Tonic, Fez, the Knitting Factory, and CB's Gallery. She also performed at local colleges (such as Sarah Lawrence School) with different musicians, including the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. She sold self-printed CDs at her performances during this era: 11:11 (2001) and Songs (2002). In 2004, she signed a contract with Warner Brothers' record label Sire Records to publish and distribute her third album Soviet Kitsch, originally self-released in 2003
Spektor was born in Moscow, USSR in 1980 to a musical Russian Jewish family. Her father, Ilya Spektor, could be a photographer and amateur violinist. Her mother, Bella Spektor, was a music professor in a very Russian school of music and currently teaches at a public elementary college in Mount Vernon, New York. She features a brother Barry (Bear), who was featured in track 7, "* * *", or "Whisper", of her 2004 album, Soviet Kitsch.
She learned a way to play piano by practicing on a Petrof upright that was given to her mother by her grandfather. She was additionally exposed to the music of rock and roll bands like The Beatles, Queen, and The Moody Blues by her father, who obtained such recordings in Jap Europe and traded cassettes with friends within the Soviet Union.The family left the Soviet Union in 1989, when Regina was nine and a 0.5, throughout the amount of Perestroika, when Soviet voters were permitted to emigrate. Regina had to depart her piano behind. The seriousness of her piano studies led her parents to think about not leaving the USSR, but they finally determined to emigrate, because of the ethnic and political discrimination which Jews faced. Spektor is totally fluent in Russian and reads Hebrew, and has since paid tribute to her Russian heritage, quoting the poem February by the famous Russian poet Boris Pasternak in her song Apr?s Moi, and stating “I’m terribly connected to the language and the culture.”
Traveling 1st to Austria and then Italy, the family was admitted to the United States as refugees with the help of HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) and settled in The Bronx, where Spektor graduated from the SAR Academy, a Jewish day middle college within the Riverdale section of the Bronx. She then attended high school for 2 years at the Frisch Faculty, a yeshiva in Paramus, New Jersey, however transferred to a public school, Fair Lawn High Faculty, in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where she finished the last 2 years of her high faculty education.