Alexander Rybak – Classical Musician
Interview in the November 2015 issue of the magazine “Viking” by Sons of Norway.
Multi-talented musician Alexander Rybak has been playing the violin and singing from a young age. In 2009, he won the Eurovision Song Contest with a pop number but today remains dedicated to his classical training. Rybak spent much of his childhood in Nesodden, Norway. He describes the region as a paradise: “I remember the sea, the fresh forests and the kind people”. These days, Rybak is expanding his resume as an author with his musical in a book, “Trolle and the Magic Fiddle”.
“My mother plays the piano, and my dad is a violinist. I had the best teachers around.”
“My biggest idols are the old crooners Gene Kelly, Chet Baker, Sinatra and Crosby. My favorite song is “Singing in the Rain.”
“I’m constantly drawn between the melancholy and nostalgia of Russian minor harmonies, and the naiveté and happiness of Norwegian major harmonies.
“During a visit to Ålesund, Norway, I composed the main violin melody in “Fairytale”. If I were to recommend one destination in Norway, it would definitely be this amazing city surrounded by mountains.”
“One day I hope to become a famous movie music composer.”
The second part of the interview on Sons of Norway’s website.
Source: Sonsofnorway.com, published 1st of November. Author: Anya Britzius
Urodził się na Białorusi i dorastał w Nesodden, Norwegii, Alexander Rybak jest jednym z najlepszych muzyków klasycznych w Norwegii. Naukę gry na skrzypcach i fortepianie, jako młody chłopak i stał się powszechnie znany po wygraniu Konkursu Piosenki Eurowizji w 2009. Oprócz tego, że jest muzykiem i aktorem, Rybak jest autorem. Jesienią tego roku 29-latek wydał książkę, bajkę dla dzieci, “Trolle i Magic Fiddle” (Trolle i Magiczne Skrzypce), która obejmuje audio książkę z kompozycjami Rybaka, które podążają za fabułą.
“Although Eurovision was definitely the peak of my pop career, I don’t see that evening as a pinpoint to my musical change. It was quite the opposite, actually. As a classical musician, I got bored with doing too much pop. I remember being on those tours, and thinking about how easy it is to produce pop melodies. Classical music brings me much more challenge and experience.”
“My mother plays the piano, and my dad is a violinist. I had the best teachers around. When I was 7 years old, I played a piano concerto with the Oslo Chamber Orchestra. And yet, my parents saw in me an even bigger talent for the violin. However, it was much easier and more fun to play the piano of course, because I could never play out of tune. Many years later, I see how great an investment it was to focus on violin.”
“I have played in big venues for more than 40,000 people in different countries, participated in TV shows watched by millions, played for several presidents, including President Obama, but my fondest memories are from my childhood when I played in small churches with my family.”
“In my book Trolle and the Magic Fiddle, we have the mythical creatures, the goblins and trolls (although I have made them more human than usual), but I’m also inspired by Norwegian scenery and folk music. My biggest dream is to get one of the big companies to do a movie about the book. But for now, it is a ‘musical in a book,’ as I like to say, because it’s a bundle of text, illustrations, audiobook and songs all in one.”