Article was published on news.day.az 16.05.2014.
Translation by Zhanna Sergueeva. Revision by Katie Anderson
Alexander Rybak gave a fairy tale concert in the Heydar Aliyev Center
The young, famous, talented violinist and singer Alexander Rybak, whose songs are heard all over the world, has celebrated his 28 year anniversary in Baku.
According to Day.Az with reference to Trend, he arrived in the capital of Azerbaijan three days before his concert in the Center of Heydar Aliyev to hold a master class for talented students of the Republican Art gymnasium and prepare with them for their performance on the stage of the Heydar Aliyev Center.
In 2009, the singer of Belarusian origin, Alexander Rybak, represented Norway at “Eurovision”, where with his song “Fairytale” he not only won, but also received a record score – 387 points, which is still considered today AS an unsurpassed result of all time for the prestigious European competition. After this victory, in the frame of his world tour, Alexander Rybak gave a series of concerts; performing in different countries of the world with talented youth. And this time he arrived in Baku.
On Thursday, Alexander Rybak presented his new musical project in the center of Heydar Aliyev, performing in front of the audience in Baku along with the orchestra of the Republican art gymnasium. The festive evening was opened by the Norwegian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Erling Shonsberg, who warmly greeted the audience in the Azerbaijani language and thanked the Heydar Aliyev Center for their help with organizing the concert.
The concert by Alexander Rybak consisted of three parts. In the first part the orchestra consisting of students of the Republican art gymnasium in national dresses performing, in front of the audience, the works of the prominent Azerbaijani composers Uzeir Hajibeyli, Gara Garayev, Fikret Amirov, Niyazi, Vasif Adygezalov and Tofig Guliyev. The performance by the young talents was greeted with thunderous applause.
Then the Consul of Norway in Azerbaijan came on stage, who noted that the implementation of the project and the concert is kind of a cultural bridge between the two countries, and then she invited Alexander Rybak to the stage.
First, the singer and musician performed with students from the gymnasium, emphasizing their talent.
“You have a lot of great talents! I have visited Baku three times, and each time I am surprised with the changes here. I want to express my special thanks for organizing this concert to the Heydar Aliyev Center, and to the Embassy of Norway in Azerbaijan. I want to thank you for inviting me here as a musician, a violinist and a teacher, “- Alexnder Rybak said from the scene, who spoke very warmly to the audience during the whole evening. He joked, and took flowers from young female fans with pleasure. The audience sang along with him in response, and gave him an ovation.
Alexander Rybak also made his solo performance, during which he performed the hits from his repertoire, accompanied by the pianist Stephen.
And at the end of the evening Alexander Rybak masterly performed on the violin, along with the violinists of the gymnasium who have demonstrated their ability to play this instrument in the most original and unimaginable forms. It should have been seen! The concert hall literally exploded into applause after this show.
And, of course, in conclusion Alexander Rybak performed his famous “Fairytale” – “Fairy Tale”, which became a real apotheosis of this festive evening.
Pictures by Zaur Mustafayev, Vugar Imanov and others
Alexander Rybak: “I love Azerbaijani culture”
Article was published on www.azernews.az 16.05.2014.
Author: Nigar Orujova
The Heydar Aliyev Center hosted a fabulous concert by Norwegian artist Alexander Rybak.
The singer and violinist Rybak, who celebrated his 28th birthday in Baku, also held a master class for the talented students of the Azerbaijan Republic art gymnasium and rehearsed with them for three days.
The concert consisted of three parts. In the first part, the orchestra of students of the art gymnasium in national dress performed works of prominent Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Gara Garayev, Fikret Amirov, Niyazi, Vasif Adigozalov and Tofig Guliyev.
Performance of young talents was greeted with thunderous applause.
Then, Alexander Rybak performed with students, and specially highlighted their talents.
“How many great talents you have! I have already been in Baku for three times, and each time I wonder the changes happening here,” he said.
Rybak also expressed gratitude to the Heydar Aliyev Center and the Embassy of Norway in Azerbaijan for organizing the concert. “I want to thank you for inviting me here as a musician, a violinist and a teacher,” he said.
The young singer has also sung his hits, accompanied by pianist Stephen.
The audience enjoyed the concert full of great music and Rybak’s jokes, and sang with the gifted musician.
At the end of the evening, Rybak masterly performed with Azerbaijani violinists of the gymnasium, who demonstrated their abilities and originality.
Speaking after the concert, the singer said: “the public has very warmly received my performance and listened attentively to both my classic songs and sang along during the cheerful compositions.”
Rybak highly valued the students of the gymnasium.
“They are very talented. They listen to the advice of their senior, and they are disciplined, though they like to talk during the class time (laughs). We were working for three days, and today at the concert I felt that we became one big family,” he said.
The singer also appreciated the city.
“I would particularly like to mention the grand architecture and interior of this building, where everything is made with extraordinary skill and taste. It shows the taste of Azerbaijanis which can be seen in the whole architecture of Baku,” he said.
“I am very pleased that the city is built with a special love. It is important that Baku has a very developed infrastructure that you will not see in other big cities. You were thinking about future when building your city. That’s why I love Baku,” Rybak said.
In conclusion, Rybak added that in recent years he has worked a lot in Scandinavia.
“But I really want to get more familiar with Azerbaijani culture, to write a song for your artists and even create a duet with one of your singers. I love your culture. I have 70,000 friends from Azerbaijan on Facebook and it’s time to start to cheer them up,” Rybak underlined.
The talented musician has grown up in a family of professionally trained musicians and played both piano and violin from a very young age.
Later, Rybak chose violin that took him to Russia, the US and China as a member of different orchestras.
Fairytales, his debut album charted in the top 20 in nine European countries, including a No. 1 position in Norway and Russia.
In 2009, the singer represented Norway at “Eurovision”, where the song “Fairytale” won with a record 387 points, which is today considered an unsurpassed exponent of all time of the prestigious European competition.