Regina Spektor

Born in Moscow, her father was a photographer and amateur violinist, and her mother a professor of music. Regina began studying piano at the age of six. Her family emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1989, traveling to Austria, Italy, and finally New York City.

She continued her piano studies with Sonia Vargas, professor at Manhattan School of Music. She soon began writing songs for voice and piano, and went on to complete the four-year studio composition program at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in three years, graduating with honors. After a year spent working on a butterfly farm in Wisconsin, as you do, she returned to settle in NYC. She says she was originally only interested in classical music, but eventually developed an interest in other styles including hip-hop, rock and punk. She gained recognition in NYC’s anti-folk scene, performing regularly at a number of venues including the East Village’s Sidewalk Cafe.

Her song “Fidelity” recently appeared on VH1, and in addition to numerous television appearances her music has been used in shows including CSI and Grey’s Anatomy. She also performed a version of the title music for Weeds, “Little Boxes”.

I put together a video playlist at YouTube with some of the better live clips available, and an archive with a bunch of really excellent live audio recordings (suitable for CD-burning). If you’re subscribed to the podcast you’ll get the audio automatically.

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