“I am so excited to become a Steinway Artist - though I have played all my shows on Steinway for years - and loved the instruments and the people I've worked with - it is so nice to make it official.”
A veteran of New York's anti-folk scene, songwriter Regina Spektor makes quirky, highly eclectic, but always personal music. Born and raised in Moscow until age nine, Spektor listened to her father's bootleg tapes of Western pop and rock as a young child and also learned to play piano. She and her family moved from Russia to the Bronx, where she was immersed in American culture. Spektor further developed her classical piano training by attending the SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory. During her studies, she was exposed to blues and jazz artists like Billie Holiday, who would have a significant influence on Spektor’s music.
After gaining popularity from two successful album releases, subsequent tours with the Strokes, Kings of Leon, Mates of State, and the Moldy Peaches' Kimya Dawson further raised Spektor's profile and brought her to the attention of international audiences. Accordingly, she toured the U.K., where the success of "Us" as a European single led to the release of the CD/DVD retrospective Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories early in 2006. That summer, Begin to Hope, her first album of original material for Sire Records, arrived. Begin to Hope enjoyed popularity on both sides of the Atlantic and went gold in America, where it also cracked the Top 20. Spektor’s first-ever live release, Live in London, was recorded and filmed at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo, and was released in 2010.
Spektor has been a Steinway Artist since 2012.