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Alexander Rybak receives Platinum trophy for his MGP song – NRK.no 17.8.2018

Platinum Trophy for Rybak’s MGP song

The song “That’s How You Write a Song” has received good streaming figures after the ESC.

Source: NRK.no , published 17.08.2018, Journalist: Jon Marius Hyttebakk
Translated by Anni Jowett

WON MGP FOR A SECOND TIME: Alexander Rybak won MGP 2018, and represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest. (PHOTO: JULIA MARIE NAGLESTAD / NRK)

Alexander Rybak won this year’s MGP final with a big margin and represented Norway for a second time at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in May.

Now, his MGP contribution, “That’s How You Write a Song”, has reached platinum status based on high streaming rates. Continue reading Alexander Rybak receives Platinum trophy for his MGP song — NRK.no 17.8.2018

Alexander Rybak: I have changed. Dagbladet post MGP Interview and article 11.03.2018

Alexander Rybak: Had a nervous breakdown and reached the end of his limits: I have changed.

 

MGP WINNER: Alexander Rybak won the Norwegian MGP finale, and will represent Norway in Lisbon in May. The former Eurovision winner received a text message from a very special person after the triumph. Reporter: Linn-Christin Marthinussen / Video / clip: Ørjan Ryland

Alexander Rybak thinks he is better equipped for Eurovision now than he probably was nine years ago.


– It has sunk in now. The victory feels good, says a quiet but obviously satisfied Alexander Rybak (31) when Dagbladet meets him on top of Oslo Plaza on Sunday afternoon.
The artist made history when he won the Eurovision final in 2009. Nine years later the 31 year old could once again rejoice when he won the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix on Saturday.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak: I have changed. Dagbladet post MGP Interview and article 11.03.2018

Alexander Rybak rebelled against classical music-VG newspaper article 7.4.2018

My rebellion was playing jazz

Alexander Rybak about his youthful rebellion

Our Eurovision hope in May would probably not have been where he is at today without his youthful rebellion against classical music.

Source: Paper issue of VG and vg.no 07/04/2018. (Online original article HERE)
Text: Stein Østbø, Photos: Mattis Sandblad
Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Anni Jowett.

Saturday night the winner of Melodi Grand Prix, Alexander Rybak (31) is the interval act in NRK’s “Virtuos” which can be described as Eurovision for young soloist talents within classical music. And even if Rybak says he is a 100% classical at heart- it was after all where he began- he is well known for mixing every possible genre outside of the classical music into his music. Continue reading Alexander Rybak rebelled against classical music-VG newspaper article 7.4.2018

Alexander Rybak fan reports from Oslo and the Melodi Grand Prix 2018

Fans fly over Europe skies to support Alexander Rybak’s return to Melodi Grand Prix in 2018: Stories from Oslo

No mistaking this silhouette on the big “reveal” day.

Nine years after his victory at the Eurovision Song contest in Moscow, it was revealed in January that Alexander would return to the Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) stage to compete for the chance to represent Norway again in the Eurovision song contest. This caused a wave of excitement amongst his fans, and some started making their plans immediately to travel to Oslo for the 10th March to be there to show their belief in his talent and support him at the live show.
Fans came not only from many parts of Norway, but many other countries including Germany, UK, Hungary, Russia, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic and Estonia. And some of those fans have shared their adventures with us.
Continue reading Alexander Rybak fan reports from Oslo and the Melodi Grand Prix 2018

The Melodi Grand Prix’ comeback-kids – VG newspaper 19.2.2018

Melodi Grand Prix’ comeback-kids :
Good friends compete for the victory

Three of this year’s contestants in Melodi Grand Prix stand out from the rest : Stella Mwangi (31), Aleksander Walmann (32) and Alexander Rybak (31).

All three of them have previously represented Norway in the international Eurovision finals. But none of them thinks that they can have overly high opinions of themselves just because of that… Continue reading The Melodi Grand Prix’ comeback-kids — VG newspaper 19.2.2018

Fans Report: MGP presentation of Alexander Rybak as one of the 2018 Artists

The 2018 Norwegian MGP finalists are revealed! Fans Report from the Press conference

Oslo 15.1.2018

The 10 acts competing in Norway’s national final for Eurovision, Melodi Grand Prix 2018 , were announced on 15th January during a special press conference held by the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK. Press, celebrity guests and members of the public were invited along to be present in the TV studio during the live broadcast which revealed this year’s participants. Stine and Trine are two Norwegian MGP fans were present at the event and give us the inside scoop from the studio… 

Continue reading Fans Report: MGP presentation of Alexander Rybak as one of the 2018 Artists

Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts Fan Reports From Czech Republic

“On the Go in our Tourist Shoes” in the Czech Republic

 

Fan Reports from the Alexander Rybak & Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts in Ostrava and Plzen 

Attending Alexander Rybak’s concerts always gives his fans the opportunity not only to enjoy his music, but to travel and to explore different places together. This was certainly the case last autumn when Alexander returned to the Czech Republic and he went on a mini tour with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra.
Find out more about the concerts HERE

The concerts took place in Ostrava on the 4th October and in Plzen (Pilsen) on the 5th October 2017.
Two of our “Roving Reporters” shared of their adventures in the Czech Republic with us. Read on for the fan reports of Jorunn (Norway) and Bożena (Poland).   Continue reading Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts Fan Reports From Czech Republic

ROTTERDAM Fan Reports 22 September 2017

Fans’ report from Alexander Rybak’s concert on the Keerweer Parade – Rotterdam 22nd September 2017

 

Alexander Rybak on stage at the Keerweer Pararde Photo: Niels

 

The parade is organised by the Café Keerweer in Rotterdam and is held over 3 days. The event is a part of the annual Rotterdam pride. And this time, Alexander opened the parade on Friday evening.

A group of Alexander’s fans travelled and met up in Rotterdam to enjoy the show, a little sightseeing and each others company. Here are two of their stories…

 

 

Continue reading ROTTERDAM Fan Reports 22 September 2017

Fan reports from the Meet and Greet, Athens, Greece 19.08.2017

Fan Reports from Alexander Rybak’s Meet and Greet in Athens, Greece 19.08.2017

This summer Alexander took a few days vacation in Greece, during his visit he made time to meet up with some of his Greek fans. 

“I am sick and coughing all the time. So if you’re crazy enough to meet me tomorrow, bring some vitamin C with you, so you don’t get sick as well.” – Alexander Rybak

rybakofficial Instagram “Ooookay who’s that lucky guy in the middle? #SickButHappy #Athens #Greece #Hellas”

Athina and Marthina attended the Meet and Greet, and were among the first to excitedly post their photos on Instagram. They are very happy to share their experiences of meeting up with Alexander, keep reading to hear their stories.

Continue reading Fan reports from the Meet and Greet, Athens, Greece 19.08.2017

Fan reports from the Meet and Greet, Warsaw, Poland 16.08.2017

Alexander Rybak invited his fans to a Meet & Greet in Warsaw, Poland. 

Some happy fans who got the chance to meet him want to share with us their great moments from this meeting with Alexander. Enjoy reading these nice reports 🙂 

“I’m ready for hugs. Wednesday, after a hard days studio work, I’ll be hanging around hotel Indigo, Warsaw (Smolna 40) ca.19.00 NO MORE MORE PRESENTS PLEASE, I just want to see some new and old Polish mafia members.”-Alexander Rybak

After a busy day of working with music producers SOF productions, Alexander had some free time to meet his Polish fans.  Despite feeling a little sick he was determined not to let his fans down and took along lots of vitamins and medicines to boost his fans immunity after meeting him.  However I don’t think we can ever be immune to his charm. As you can read below for yourselves in this collection of warm reports from fans who were present… (and an extra report from one who was not).
Continue reading Fan reports from the Meet and Greet, Warsaw, Poland 16.08.2017

Meet and Greet in Istanbul, Turkey 13.08.2017

Fan reports from Alexander Rybak’s Meet & Greet in Istanbul, Turkey. 

“I’ve decided to meet y’all and say hello and give you a hug” – Alexander Rybak

On 10th August 2017, Alexander delighted his European fans by the sudden announcement he would be arranging three meet and greets in the next week since he was having business meetings and studio sessions in Europe.

The first one was in Turkey on 13th August where he made the bold promise:

“I will be hugging each and every one who comes tomorrow to the beautiful roof of Mr.Cas Hotel on Istiklal Street, Istanbul at 8pm”. – Alexander Rybak

The event was well attended and judging by the reactions and photos posted on Instagram I think he actually managed to keep that promise.

Now we’d like to share with you some of those stories and photos from a few of the fans who were present…

Continue reading Meet and Greet in Istanbul, Turkey 13.08.2017

Dream meeting of Eurovision Legends: A Fan report 

A fan report: Dream meeting of Eurovision legends: Alexander Rybak & Johnny Logan.

Don’t…
Don’t close your heart to how you feel…
Dream…
And don’t be afraid the dream’s not real…

Alexander Rybak and Johnny Logan took part in the season final of “Allsang på Grensen”, recorded 9. August 2017 at Fredriksten Festning, Halden, Norway. 

Anni  from the U.K, explains why she was very excited to be there …
Continue reading Dream meeting of Eurovision Legends: A Fan report 

Alexander Rybak’s “Entertainer” premiere: fan review

During the Summer of 2016 Alexander Rybak celebrated his 10th anniversary as an artist with a musical show ” Entertainer” in Bølgen, Larvik.
 
Here is a fan review written by Anni Jowett  straight after she attended the Premiere show. She enjoyed the entertainment so much she returned back to Norway two weeks later to watch the last two shows. Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s “Entertainer” premiere: fan review

I appreciate life more now – article in Her og Nå 08.11.2016

Alexander Rybak 10 years after the breakthrough

Text to photo: 10 years ago: Dan Børge Akerø was the host in “Kjempesjansen”. Three years later Alexander won again – “Eurovision Song Contest” in 2009

Alexander Rybak  can celebrate the ten year anniversary of his breakthrough with Dan Børge Akerø’s “Kjempesjansen”. The artist does this with a big smile. Continue reading I appreciate life more now — article in Her og Nå 08.11.2016

Tusen Takk – Fan Verslag van Anni Jowett

Alexander Rybak trad op bij het Cystic Fibrosis benefietconcert “Tusen Takk” in Boxmeer, Nederland op 30 oktober 2016.

Verslag van Anni Jowett / foto’s en Nederlandse vertaling door Remonda C. English verison

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Tusen Takk Alexander Rybak . Foto: Remonda C.

Een aantal jaar geleden, toen ik jonger was, viel ik min of meer onder de musicale betovering van een jonge muzikant uit Noorwegen. Jaren later is hij een beetje ouder…en ik ook. Maar ik was niet de enige, er waren er meer die onder dezelfde betovering waren gevallen en de meeste zijn nog steeds gevangen op de dag van vandaag.
Continue reading Tusen Takk — Fan Verslag van Anni Jowett

Tusen Takk – Fan report by Anni Jowett

Alexander Rybak performed at the Cystic Fibrosis charity event “Tusen Takk” in Boxmeer, The Netherlands 30th of October 2016.

Fan report by Anni Jowett / Photos by Remonda C.
(For Dutch version click here)

 

 

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Tusen Takk Alexander Rybak . Photo: Remonda C.

A few years ago when I was younger , I kind of fell under the musical spell of young musician from Norway, years later he’s a bit older… and so am I. But I was not alone, there are many who fell under the same spell, and most still remain captive to this day. Continue reading Tusen Takk — Fan report by Anni Jowett

We live like a family – Damn, what a life!

Alexander Rybak’s close female friends speak out.

Alexander Rybak doesn’t lack cute girls either in his audience or backstage. The ones closest to him talk about the special life with the Eurovision winner.

Text to the picture: Close relationships: Alexander Rybak has Kathrine Hvinden Hals and Maria Slyngstad as his closest support team. Continue reading We live like a family — Damn, what a life!

9. December – Letter I and J – I Dovregubbens Hall and Jealous

julekort calender2014 I Dovregubbens Hall and Jealous julekort calender2014

I Dovregubbens Hall” is an old Norwegian song by Edvard Grieg. Alexander Rybak treated us to an energetic performance of this at the Swedish show “Allsång på Skansen” in 2012.

“I Dovregubbens Hall”/”В Пещере Горного Короля” – давно известная норвежская композиция Эдварда Грига. Александр подарил нам энергичное исполнение этой композиции на шведском фестивале “Allsång på Skansen” в 2012.

“I Dovregubbens Hall” es una vieja canción noruega de Edvard Grieg. Alexander Rybak nos regaló una energética presentación de esta canción en el programa sueco “Allsång på Skansen” en 2012.

“I Dovregubbens Hall” ist ein altes Stück von dem Norweger Edvard Grieg. Alexander verwöhnt uns mit einer Energie geladenen Interpretation dieses Stücks in der schwedischen Show “Allsang på Grensen” im Jahr 2012.

I Dovregubbens Hall Alexander Rybak

Alexander broke a string on his violin at the concert in Spain 2013, which gave us this special unique version of “Jealous” on three strings.

Александр порвал струну на скрипке во время концерта в Испании в 2013, в результате чего мы получили особенную, уникальную версию песни “Jealous”/”Завидую” на трёх струнах.

Alexander rompió una cuerda de su violín en España en el 2013, que lo hizo tocar una versión única de “Jealous” con solo tres cuerdas.

Alexander ist auf einem Konzert in Spanien 2013 eine Saite seiner Geige zerrissen. Das ergab eine einzigartige Version von “Jealous” auf drei Saiten.

Alexander Rybak Jealous Spain 2013

Header photo by Dorly Jackson Wollf. Text and translations by Susanne B, Lulu Barecola, Anastasia Silakova and TessaLa.

Some  info that explains what we are collecting during these Advent days 🙂

british-american flagWhat other songs has Alexander composed, performed or taken part in starting with a “I” or “J”? If you remember anyone, please tell in a comment below or under our post on Facebook. Links to videos are highly appreciated too 🙂

Flag RusssiaЕсли вы знаете какие-то другие песни, начинающиеся на букву “I” & “J”, которые Александр написал или когда-либо исполнил, то, пожалуйста, напишите в комментариях ниже или под нашим постом на Facebook. Ссылки на видео очень приветствуются. 🙂

tyskland-flaggWelche anderen Lieder die mit “I” & “J” beginnen hat Alexander komponiert, gespielt oder in ihnen mitgewirkt? Wenn Sie sich an ein Lied erinnern, bitte schreiben Sie einen Kommentar unten auf dieser Seite oder unter unserem Beitrag auf Facebook. Links zu Videos sind auch willkommen! 🙂

Flag Spain¿Qué otras canciones que comiencen con “I” & “J” ha compuesto, cantado o colaborado Alexander?
Si recuerdas alguna, comenta en la parte inferior o debajo de la publicación en nuestra página de Facebook. Si quieres compartirnos el link de la canción, es más que bienvenida.

photo-polandflagJeśli pamiętacie jakieś inne utwory zaczynające się na literę “I” & “J” które Alexander skomponował, wykonywał lub brał w nich udział, prosimy piszcie o tym w komentarzach poniżej lub pod naszym postem na Facebooku. Linki do filmików są także mile widziane.

Katastrofe and Alexander Rybak – Video Release and interviews on Spotify and NRKSuper Skolefri

NEW MUSIC VIDEO

“This is very exciting. Ever since I performed with Scooter in Telenor Arena, I’ve dreamed of finding another artist who understands the importance of partying and the magic of The Fiddle. Katastrofe is one such artist, and I love to be a part of this song!!!!” Alexander Rybak  (6.12.2015)

Hear what Katastrofe says about Alexander’s collaboration on his new song 🙂  Interview with Alexander and Katastrofe on Spotify, below the videos 🙂  Continue reading Katastrofe and Alexander Rybak — Video Release and interviews on Spotify and NRKSuper Skolefri

2. December – Letter B – Blant Fjell

julekort calender2014Blant Fjell from  “Trolle og den magiske fela” julekort calender2014

Alexander’s dream (a dream we share) is to write a musical, which the music and story about Trolle are perfect for.

У Александра есть мечта (которую мы разделяем) написать мюзикл, для которого идеально подойдет музыка и история про Тролля.

Alexanders Traum (ein Traum, den wir teilen) ist es ein Musical zu schreiben – die Musik und die Geschichte von Trolle sind ideal dafür.

El sueño de Alexander (sueño que compartimos) es escribir un musical, en donde la música e historia de Trolle caben perfectamente.

british-american flagWhat other songs has Alexander composed, performed or taken part in starting with an “B”? If you remember anyone, please tell in a comment below or under our post on Facebook. Links to videos are highly appreciated too 🙂

Flag RusssiaЕсли вы знаете какие-то другие песни, начинающиеся на букву “B”, которые Александр написал или когда-либо исполнил, то, пожалуйста, напишите в комментариях ниже или под нашим постом на Facebook. Ссылки на видео очень приветствуются. 🙂

tyskland-flaggWelche anderen Lieder die mit “B” beginnen hat Alexander komponiert, gespielt oder in ihnen mitgewirkt? Wenn Sie sich an ein Lied erinnern, bitte schreiben Sie einen Kommentar unten auf dieser Seite oder unter unserem Beitrag auf Facebook. Links zu Videos sind auch willkommen! 🙂

Flag Spain¿Qué otras canciones que comiencen con “B” ha compuesto, cantado o colaborado Alexander?
Si recuerdas alguna, comenta en la parte inferior o debajo de la publicación en nuestra página de Facebook. Si quieres compartirnos el link de la canción, es más que bienvenida.

 

 

 

23. December: The versatile violinist…

“I like versatility. This is my way to make myself a versatile life” Alexander Rybak

Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas Tales
Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas Tales

 Alexander has always focused on versatility in his career. Based on his Classical education, graduating with the highest grade from the acclaimed Barratt Due Music Institute as a performing violinist, he has laid the foundation for being able to experiment in different music genres, and he does it with bravura. Be it jazz, pop, rap, reggae, funky rhythm, techno dance,  rock, Swedish folksongs, folk music, Slavic music, soundtracks .This versatility together with his enthusiasm and dreams has given him many opportunities to show his skills, in many different ways, like musicals, theatre, revue shows, orchestra seminars, TV and radio shows (both as guest and host), worldwide projects, collaborations with other artists, a music video for DreamWorks and even dancing. And his grand slam victory in ESC 2009, has made him a forever Eurovision star. He is a popular guest in national selections and has often been present at the big happening in May , as a guest, performer or even a reporter 🙂 Continue reading 23. December: The versatile violinist…

22. December: Heading home for Christmas

“I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams”

Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas Tales
Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas Tales

Life can be busy. We often become so caught up in our work and studies that we’re constantly on the go. And the same is true for Alexander; he’s always busy travelling around the globe attending to his various musical projects. Now is the season to take a deep breath, step back, and value what’s most important in life: spending time with the ones we love. Continue reading 22. December: Heading home for Christmas

19. December: I want to wish you a Merry Christmas…

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Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas Tales

“It is such fun to be a part of this tour”

After over 25 years on the road, one could safely say, that “Stille Natt, Hellige Natt” Christmas tour  has become a tenacious tradition. But this is what Christmas is like, we enjoy doing the same things over and over again any many of the audience also show up faithfully year after year.

Continue reading 19. December: I want to wish you a Merry Christmas…

18. December : A Classic Winter

“Classical music isn’t that many steps from Rock’n Roll”

Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas Tales
Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas TalesWinters can be harsh, icy and cold (especially in Norway!), but

Winters can be harsh, icy and cold (especially in Norway!), but it’s your loved ones who can bring back the warmth into the season.
What better way then to express the essence of winter’s soul than through music? Alexander does just this in the following video, where he performs Vivaldi – “Winter”, from his 2010 tour “Swinging Home for Christmas”. Continue reading 18. December : A Classic Winter

17. December: Wonderful Peace at Christmas

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Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas Tales

“What will save the world?: Definitely not fighting.

At Christmas time, the landscape is covered in a white blanket and everything’s quiet. The world seems to be standing still, as if protected by the angel’s white wings.

The Christmas season is a time to calm down, make time for peace and all the good things. To enjoy the first snow flakes and being together with our loved ones. Continue reading 17. December: Wonderful Peace at Christmas

15. December : Trololo this sweet Christmas time

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Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas Tales

“From all of us to all of you”

“I denne søte juletid” is a traditional tune with lyrics by Hans Adolph Brorson (1694-1764). The title means “In this sweet Christmas-time” Alexander presented this piece on the 2011 Christmas tour “Vinter bilder”

Continue reading 15. December : Trololo this sweet Christmas time

14. December: And Rudolph’s nose is still red.

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Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas Tales

“Beautiful album, wonderful man <3
Love being on tour with you! :)”
Marian Aas Hansen

A humorous Christmas song in a capella style with an intense tempo, solo performances and beautiful singing. And Rudolph`s nose is still red. It`s easy to see that the Stille Natt Hellige Natt gang are having a great time here. Continue reading 14. December: And Rudolph’s nose is still red.

10. December… Mother and Child.

“There’s no place like home, there’s no home like love.”

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Click the picture for link to more info on Christmas Tales

Christmas is a time for family and “Himlen i min Famn” is a song about  the Virgin Mary’s hopes and fears for her unborn child.

Alexander accompanied Anne Vada on this beautiful song on the 2011 Christmas
tour “Vinterbilder” (Winter pictures). We present one of their performances here. Continue reading 10. December… Mother and Child.