Good article about Alexander from Vietnam (DatViet news portal, 3.1.2011)

Found by Yannis P. Thanks to Chu Thuy Van Huyen for the translation!

Original text:

The song “Song from secret garden” has long ended, but the room is dead silent. Hidden somewhere, everyone’s minds still linger the sound of a passionate, mentoring violin played by a 24–year-old Alexander Rybak. It makes people not want to break the atmosphere by the endless applause.

A full of enchanting violin.

Alexander Rybak ‘s musical path started when he was 5 years old. His family moved to Oslo, Norway when he was 3. Alexander’s parents, Natasha and Ignor are all trained musicians. So, it came so naturally for them to teach their son playing violin and piano. After a while, the young musician had to decide among two music equipment to pursuit, and Rybak picked violin. The young boy still keeps playing piano as a hobby. Since age of 5, Rybak has played violin on stage, and his talent is widely recognized. Alexander was immediately admitted to the Academy Barrat Due. At the age of 10, he met many young talent musicians like he is, and suddenly realized that he is not the only unique child that can play music amazingly.

From the beginning, Rybak has pursued academic musical path, but he never stop thinking of something that is more casual. The young musician learned how to play jazz and pop. He also loves to listen to The Beatles or Rolling Stone. He learned to compose songs since he was little because Alexander was taught from his dad that someday he would earn money from those works. Besides playing violin in the orchestra, Alexandre also actively participated in some talent competions of Norwegian music. He was a part of Norway Pop Idol, or Kjempesjansen. From those programs, Alexander had found his place in the hearts of Norwegians.

And the talent of Alexander Rybak officially went beyond the border of Norway and became worldwide fame after the 54th Eurovision Song Conests which was helf in Moscow, Russia in 2009. He won with 387 points which is the highest total point in this competition history since 2006 with the song Fairytale. Rybak composed this song while walking in the mountains next to the west coast of Norway. Tonal melody of the song has a melody of Eastern European folk music and bases on a Norwegian fairy tale with modern rhythms. Everybody is immersed in a happy melody but full of romantic by a 24 years old singer when he lifts up his voice.


Years ago when I was younger
I kinda liked a girl I knew
She was mine and we were sweethearts
That was then, but then it’s true


A gentle melody with a simple but yet meaningful Fairytale has continued to dominate the first position in many music charts in Europe for several weeks. It became popular songs to listen to in Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, etc. Moreover, the performance of Rybak at the Eurovision Song Contest has drawn over 10 million viewed on Youtube just in few weeks.

Three months later, this young talent has released their first album called fairytales. The album was sold in 25 countries in Europe and quickly sold more than half million copies. At his home land, fairytales maintained the top position in the rankings and won platinum in two months.

For this summer, Alexander has performed in over 40 music performances before nearly 200,000 audiences. He also appeared in major television programs in Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, which is his hometown and many other countries time after time. Every program was fully booked and after the performance ended, the audiences still not satisfied, and still want to be back here the next day to hear his voice deep and enchanting violin full of the young talented musician.

A special guy

Alexander Rybak is not only special in music, but also very special in his normal life. Unlike other people as the same age, who often choose a free life, never follow the plans, rules, Rybak is quite stylish and always want to arrange an orderly life under the one regulation.

“This is extremely important. I really like when everything in my life has an organized plan. Life in Norway has taught me that, everything should be clear from the beginning, “Rybak said. When asked if he feels sad when living under those plans, regulations, Alexander said because the plan is the music project, and the life always is associated with the music he had never seen bored. “Every day you wake up, knowing that today I will be immersed in music, be able to composed, my life becomes more meaningful, and excited. You’ll never be sad, depressed when living with music. “

Although moving to Norway to live as a child, a 24 year old musician never forgets his root. Alexander declared that he still influenced from the culture of the homeland of Belarus very much. This culture has helped Rybak form the musical talents like nowadays.” Xasa was born in Belarus, which is his root, it is never forgotten. The musical talent of it also belongs to Belarus,” said Alexander’s mother. Moreover, with a strong musical background, Alexander Rybak will also progress further and successful steps forward on his career.

5 thoughts on “Good article about Alexander from Vietnam (DatViet news portal, 3.1.2011)”

  1. the world needs Alexander….take flight…leave Europe Skies behind and explore and enjoy THE WORLD while you are still young.

  2. God! Vietnam magazine :))
    I’m so proud!! I’m VNese too <3

    This article is very long…
    It sings the praise of the Alexander's talents…
    absolutely awesome

  3. Very nice article!!!!! However some english parts can’t be easily understood. It doesn’t really matter since it says so many other wonderful things about Alexander!!!<3!!!!!!! Thank you for publishing it.!!!!!!

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