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About Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor is an acclaimed musician and singer-songwriter, born in 1980 in Russia. After studying classical music in her home country, Regina moved to the Bronx in New York. New York is where she found underground fame in the trendy music venues of the East Village district. Her music is described as anti-folk, a style that has evolved from her various musical influences, from the likes of composers like Chopin to artists such as Janis Joplin and Tom Waits. Regina also likes to experiment with unusual instruments and vocal styles, giving her a somewhat incomparable style.
The daughter of a Professor of music, Regina's passion for music was clear from childhood. She was learning classical piano at a young age as well as picking up tunes from her father's love of bands like The Beatles and Queen. When she moved to the Bronx she began to immerse herself in the East Village arts and music scene. Drawing from her Russian and Hebrew roots and influenced by her love for her new home of New York, Regina's unique songwriting began to get noticed.
After a number of self-funded and distributed albums, she finally got her first proper release in 2004 when Warner Brothers re-released her 2003 self-released album Soviet Kitsch. She released the hotly anticipated follow-up album, Begin To Hope, in 2006, debuting on the US Billboard Chart. The single from the album, Fidelity, was a big hit and helped the album peak at number 20 in the USA. Her fifth full album was a smash hit. Titled Far, the album entered the US charts at number three and raised Regina's profile worldwide. In mid 2010 she was asked the perform at a reception for President Obama at the White House. Her latest album, titled What We Saw from the Cheap Seats also entered the US album chart at number three as well as charting across much of Europe and in Australia and Ireland.
Regina first toured nationally with The Strokes and this was quickly followed by a tour supporting The Kings of Leon. A series of headline theatre shows followed the release of the album Far and in recent years she has made frequent appearances during the European Summer Festival season, with gigs at Glastonbury and T In The Park in London among many others. Away from music, Regina does a great deal of work for human rights charities and has raised money for Doctors Without Borders helping earthquake victims.