Category Archives: Articles 2010

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!

Interview in the male magazine “Alfa”, October 2010

Pleasant mood: Another adventurous day in young Rybak’s life


Journalist : Morten Ramm. Photographer : Espen Solli

Found by Olina Novikova, translated by Tessa Lande
Article Revision by Anni Jowett

Cool celebrities should pick on the ones further down the hierarchy. Therefore we let Morten Ramm from “Torsdagskveld fra Nydalen» nag on the fiddle-Jack Alexander Rybak.

How many girls have you actually “said hi to”?
– It is not few enough that I can keep the count, and there are not many enough that it might be fun to keep counting.

You’ve done all what an artist should not do in the media. Why?
– I was overwhelmed by the fact that people liked me, but eventually it was more important to be understood than to be popular.

Continue reading Interview in the male magazine “Alfa”, October 2010

Christmas full-speed ahead for Rybak! 17th December 2010

Christmas at full-speed ahead for Rybak

 Article by Ann Turi Ford. Published on 17.12.2010. Link to original article in Norwegian here. Photo: Wiggo Larsen, Demokraten/ANB

Translation: Marianne Saietz, article revision: AnniJo

After a rather hectic autumn, Alexander Rybak is swinging home for Christmas.

Half-way through his self-produced tour “Swinging Home for Christmas”, the multi-talented artist from Oksval can rejoice about his supportive audience and some great reviews. “A golden voice with a golden violin” and “a solid show”, Romsdals budstikke from Rb.nett writes to describe Rybak’s shows. “The live band-version of beloved christmas classics, without any worn-out songs. Makes one’s nape hairs rise”, Sunnmørsposten wrote.

Continue reading Christmas full-speed ahead for Rybak! 17th December 2010

Review about Christmas concert in Molde 13 Dec. 2010

A review from paper issue in  local paper “Romsdals Budstikke”.

Found and translated into English by Tessa La

In just a year and a half, he has managed to play, sing and charm himself into the hearts of many people, and the response to his concert in Bjørnsonhuset on Monday was incredible.

An audience of 400 to 500 singing and clapping people gave Alexander Rybak the boost he needed to make this concert one of the most cheerful Christmas concerts Bjørnsonhuset has ever experienced  at least, one can assume this judging by the audience’s reaction both at halftime and at the end of the concert. Throughout the concert, Alexander received lively participation from the audience for his sing-alongs. Continue reading Review about Christmas concert in Molde 13 Dec. 2010

Amorous Alexander Rybak – Interview in Polish magazine “13” November 2010

Amorous Alexander Rybak

Alexander at the Meet & Greet with his Polish fans! ( photo from his official Facebook page)

The interview was made 6th September 2010, when Alexander visited Poland

Scan: Monika Anna Fronczak  Source: “13” Magazine, published 18.11.2010 Author: Marcelina Drozd
Translation from Polish to English: Asia Chodkowska Revised by AnniJo

It’s already our second meeting with Alexander. The reason for this is the premiere of his second album ‘No Boundaries’ and his visit to Warsaw. He tells us about his first loves, dates and disappointments!

Continue reading Amorous Alexander Rybak — Interview in Polish magazine “13” November 2010

Alexander about his clothes

“Alexander Rybak: The main criteria when buying clothes are pleasant fabric and comfortable style”

Article from the Ukrainian Internet magazine Shopper.Ua., published 1. November 2010
Translated by Sonya Luzina)

Alexander Rybak shopper UA 2– Alexander, does your surname create your stage clothes style? Do you create the style of the smart country guy intentionally?

– I don’t dwell on my style. The main thing is that my clothes should be comfortable; it mustn’t constrain my movements on stage. Continue reading Alexander about his clothes

Alexander in Ukrainian magazine “Telegid”

(found and translated by Sonya Luzina, English revision by Anni Jowett)

Alexander Rybak was caught on the road

It seems he never changes:  an open smile on his face and a violin in his hands.
Nevertheless there are some serious changes in his life – recently he broke up with his girlfriend and was immediately hooked up by another girl.

Sasha, you’re a frequent guest in Ukraine these latter days .  Are things going well? By the way, Has your debut album sold better in the CIS or in Europe?

– In the CIS. If there were no “pirates”, the circulation would be estimated in millions. In Norway, for example, no one would never download something for free from the Internet, and here it is the rule of life. Nevertheless, here in Kiev I’m planning to release my second album in Russian and to give a concert in the October Palace. This show will be unique: October 19, me and Vitaliy Kozlovskiy will perform two solo programmes with live sound and ballet.

– What do you think, where does your career develop most quickly – among the English-speaking countries or the Russian-speaking ones?

– I want to be an artist, who is equally loved in all continents, but I realise that I’m mostly demanded in the Scandinavian countries and in the CIS. There is a lot of competition in Germany and France , they won’t let me perform on the big stage and, consequently, I will be forgotten there in couple of years. To tell the truth, I’ve visited half of the world thanks to Russian-speaking fans. They are everywhere – in America, Australia and Europe.

Why don’t you sing in German or in French?

– It’s too artificial. I had an unsuccessful experience – I recorded ” Fairytale” in French, but it went unnoticed.

Do you often  feel disappointed?

– This year I was disappointed only once – because of my girlfriend. It seemed to me that I had really fallen in love. However, I  hesitated a long time about her – I didn’t want to get too close with her. But then I  fell in love totally, I stopped paying attention to the other girls. And at that moment I became uninteresting to her. She just wanted to hunt…My premonitions haven’t deceived me. Though I’m still sad because of lost love, now I like another girl, I think she could be my girlfriend. Maria is very beautiful and she  is able to be a friend. And she lives near to me. Continue reading Alexander in Ukrainian magazine “Telegid”

A review of “No Boundaries” from Slovakia

Alexander Rybak – No Boundaries

Source: 26. 10. 2010

Found and translated by Danka Čolláková.

Probably the sweetest Norwegian on the globe is back. We met him in May 2009 when he won Eurosong and in the history of the competition he enrolled with a record number of points. At that time, however, he had consecutive appearances in theatrical performances in Fiddler on the Roof, Operahouse in Oslo, and the Norwegian received the highest theater award. Such a big prize, at such a young age? No wonder. Alex grew up in a family of musicians – his mother played the violin, and the father is a pianist (sic)* and after the family moved from Belarus to Norway, young Alex Rybak started the music fully.

Continue reading A review of “No Boundaries” from Slovakia

Interview in the Ukrainian magazine “Твои кумиры” (“Your idols”).

The Ukrainian vacation of Alexander Rybak

Found and translated to English by Sonya Luzina, revison by Anni Jowett

He’s the favorite of millions of girls across Europe and despite his big popularity, he adores strawberry cocktails, he sees the world through childish naive eyes, and he smiles so sincerely and openly that you will start to believe in fairy tales!

The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, Alexander Rybak, continues his victorious journey across Europe. Ukraine doesn’t remain behind. Despite his busy schedule. Sasha has visited the place here already, at least three times, and he even has spent a small vacation somewhere and in the Ukrainian capital. The artist in secret has informed “ТК” [The Ukrainian magazine] that he prepares a pleasant surprise for the Ukrainian fans this autumn. What? He insisted not to tell, therefore we will only give a hint: there is a big tour of Sasha ahead.

– Sasha, it’s not your first time in Ukraine, not the first time in Kiev…

– But I feel like this is the first time. How many times I been? Three? Last year in the autumn I had a tour across Ukraine, but the schedule was very busy: interview, filming, performances, and the weather didn’t favor – it was very cold. And in the summer I came to perform only for three hours. There was no time even to see Kiev. And now everybody smiles warmly, girls in skirts.

– Did you take a walk in the city this time?

– Yes. Such beautiful buildings and architecture here! Kiev strongly differs from Moscow. It’s beautiful there too, but, probably, even with an overabundance. Over here buildings and historical monuments are where it’s suitable, therefore you estimate their beauty much more.

– You were born in Belarus, you live in Norway, now you often have to tour in different countries of Europe. Do you have a favorite city, a favorite country?

– My favorite country – Norway. Because I know very well the culture of this country, this nation, it is my family. And from the CIS countries, Baltic is very interesting to me. I’m inquisitive, to me everything is interesting: culture, architecture, history monuments. Besides, there are special people, very honest. In Norway, for example, people always smile to you, but most likely because it is so accepted. And they come with all their heart to you, sincerely. And it is visibly an unaided sight. And still, next to Norway and Belarus, I would place Finland. I love this country very much.

Continue reading Interview in the Ukrainian magazine “Твои кумиры” (“Your idols”).

The Nordic Chamber Orchestra concert, Sweden. Oct.8th 2010



Marianne Mata Hari Saietz


1) ” Anniversary- Concert of the highest quality” – Published Oct.9th 2010 on

Link to the original article:

Picture-text: The Fiddle-hobbit. The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, gave body and soul to the expression ” Joy of playing”, when he performed with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra. Foto: Therése Ny Continue reading The Nordic Chamber Orchestra concert, Sweden. Oct.8th 2010

Alexander Rybak in the October issue of “Rusfri”- Norwegian Blue Cross magazine 2010

The fiddler Alexander Rybak asks:

What is the big point of alcohol consumption?

Source: Published: October 2010
Thanks to Tessa La and Laila Ulvseth for the great translation!

The Norwegian fiddler, Alexander Rybak says he enjoys the role model status he seems to have achieved among children and adolescents. He regularly looking for good questions when the topic of alcohol and drug use is on the agenda.

It is not easy to get an interview with the famous son of Nesodden, Alexander Rybak. But in the end we got an one-hour talk in Oslo, on a nice sushi restaurant right next to Rybak’s apartment at Aker Brygge. The weather was so summary that we could sit outside – and with that we got a slightly view both of the Oslo Fjord and his childhood home there in the distance. Continue reading Alexander Rybak in the October issue of “Rusfri”- Norwegian Blue Cross magazine 2010

Interview in Russian magazine “Names” № 10, October 2010

Scan and translation by Kristina Ovcharenko

Link to the scanned photo of the interview.

( It is possible to read the text in russian here ):!/photo.php?pid=472102&o=all&op=1&view=all&subj=183104285643&id=100000510743804


Our Norwegian Byelorussian: Born May 13, 1986 in Minsk. Mother – a pianist, his father – a violinist. When the boy was 4 years old, his parents moved to Norway. The family settled in a suburb of Oslo. Graduated at the School of Music, studying at the conservatory in Oslo. Winner of ” Eurovision-2009 ” in Moscow (387 points).

1) What book would you bring, to a deserted island?

– Is “Playboy” considered a book:)?  If not, then I would read books about Russian history.

Continue reading Interview in Russian magazine “Names” № 10, October 2010

Concert in Harstad Culture House, 02.09.10 – Harstad Tidende newspaper

Retrieved from the printed edition of the newspaper and translated by Sara Anja Ruske

Written by Kåre Torvanger, Gives 5 out of 6 points.

Alexander Rybak has control over the instruments when he is on stage. He knows what he does, is active and plays on many strings that have appeal. Therefore, he had a firm grip on the audience who clearly appreciated the concert. He spoke warmly about the beautiful nature and the nice and friendly people in Harstad, and believed that the city had the best conditions for hosting part finale of MGP.

Continue reading Concert in Harstad Culture House, 02.09.10 – Harstad Tidende newspaper

A letter from South-Africa. Valdres Summersymphony Newsletter aug.19th 2010

If you don´t know,  Sityhilelo is 15-year-old boy from South-Africa, who got the chance, to travel to Norway and participate in Valdres Summersymphony, june 2010, because of a birthday-present to Alexander Rybak from his fans and friends. Read more in this link:

A letter from South-Africa

We arrived safely on Wednesday the 6th and the trip back was great! I’m writing you this letter in remembrance of the great time I had in Norway, the people were warm, the food was great, the weather was wonderful and the 5 star service. I met new friends and I miss them already and we promised each other to meet again next year, hopefully! And my best friend Carl gave me a USB stick with all my favoured music in it and he also wrote a goodbye letter for me and got all the Woodwind players to sign it, that was very kind of him.

I learned a lot in the Valdres Sommersymfoni because the commitment those students have when we rehearsed in the orchestra and when they play their solo’s it’s inspiring and the standard of playing those children have is what we are not used to in South Africa, and I got an amazing masterclass from Frederick the clarinettist who was his idea to donate the clarinet to me.

I was so shocked I almost cried, it was so unexpected. I wish you guys a wonderful year and I hope to be back next year and thank you for the new clarinet it’s amazing. Thank you very much guys for the great times we shared together may this connection/relationship amongst us grow from strength to strength.

Best wishes to all

Yours Thankfully

Sityhilelo Gwenxanea

Link to original page from Valdres

Alexander Rybak plays for flood-victims in Pakistan

Alexander Rybak takes part in the charity concert for flood victims in Pakistan

The concert takes place at Radisson Blue Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo, Norway, the 10. August 2010 at 18.00 – 20.00 CET.

The following artists takes part in the concert:

Alexander Rybak
Didrik Solli-Tangen
Torstein Sødal
Merete Meyer
Sebastian James
Alexx Alexxander
Kristine Hjulstad
Sara Chen and Annie Khalid

Star-studded support concert for the flood victims in Pakistan

Source: 6. August 2010
Translation by Marianne Saietz.

Extract from the article (read the full article in the link above).

OSLO (VG Nett): Alexander Rybak, Didrik Solli-Tangen and the pop- group A1 are among the artists, who at short notice volunteers  to show support for those affected by the flood disaster.

– Now it is important to help those, who need it most, and I am very happy that these enthusiastic artists have agreed to participate, says Aamir J. Sheikh to VG Nett.
He is a conservative politician, leader of the Norwegian-Pakistani 14.augustkommitteen and initiator of the benefit-concert for flood -victims in Pakistan. Now they have got, among others, Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen on the team.

– I get affected of what has happened. And when I can contribute in such a simple way as this, I don’t need to know everything about what has happened. The most important, is to contribute, says Rybak to VG Nett.

His buddy, Solli-Tangen, agrees:
– This is such a little cost for us, but it can mean a lot to what, can be done. So it is a great way to support the flood- victims, says this year’s Norwegian Eurovision-participant.

Give your candy money

– It is still not certain, what the two artists will contribute with at the concert, but Rybak says he wants to do something classic. Solli-Tangen emphasizes that there is no intentions of making a sad concert, even if the message is, to help people who are in need.
– This should be a concert, that will make people happy, he says.
Now they both hope that the Norwegian people will pay attention to the the flood disaster and contribute.

– You do not need to give much. Come to the concert and give what you would have spent on candy on Saturday, says Solli-Tangen.

– The important thing is to care and to help, says Rybak.


Link to original article:
In several of the flood-hit areas in northwestern Pakistan, there is now a desperate need for food. Nearly two million people will need food- aid over the coming weeks. According to the UN,  3.2 million people are affected by the flood. Several villages have disappeared in the water, and between 80.000 and 130.000 homes are destroyed or damaged.
UN estimates,  that nearly one million people have lost their homes in the flood.
14. August Committee invites to a benefit- concert for flood victims in Pakistan
Date: august 10th,  2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Holbergsgt. 30, 0166 Oslo
The following artists appear to support the concert:
Alexander Rybak,
Didrik Solli Tangen,
Torstein Sødal,
Merete Meyer,
Sebastian James,
Alexx Alexxander,
Kristine Hjulstad,
Sara Chen and Annie Khalid
There is free access, but we  urge those attending the concert, and the entire Norwegian population to provide support to the Red Cross to help flood victims in Pakistan.  HE Faiz Mohammed Koslo, the Pakistani ambassador in Norway will be present at the concert. 14. August Committee wishes to thank all volunteers, artists who participate and co-workers Astrid Urbye, David Bakke, Lebara, Coca-Cola Drikker AS, Reitan gruppen and Radisson blu Scandinavia Hotel for excellent cooperation.
Other articles from norwegian press about the benefit-concert for Pakistan:

Great review of Alexander & Bettan’s show in Tønsberg on 28.07.10

Link to the original article:

English translation by Tessa La


The summer is ending,that is a fact, and last night last summer show had premiere at the Hotel Klubben. The two fiddlers Elisabeth Andreassen and Alexander Rybak had bet on a date to the stage that already has had three great shows to show off. Their show “Spellemenn” fits well into the rank of shows. First there was the Great Garlic Girls, then Kristian Valen, and then Lill-Babs on a quick visit. There is no doubt that Hotel Klubben is the winner as Tønsberg’s show venues this summer. The completion with Bettan & Rybak was tremendous.

The oldest was allowed to open the ball, of course. Bettan began with the beautiful melody of her countrymen Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, “Klinga mina klockor. Here she really demonstrated her enormous rhythmic security, and scope of the voice. Has she really sung better than what she was doing that night? Continue reading Great review of Alexander & Bettan’s show in Tønsberg on 28.07.10

Meet & Greet in Tønsberg in VG, 31.7.2010

(Translation to English and photos by Tessa La)

Stole a kiss from the hero!

Alexander Rybak hugged his Facebook fans for two hours yesterday. However, only Victoria A. stole a kiss from the hero. Victoria A. was one of about 100 women and a man from 20 countries, who via the Facebook site of Rybak fans had gathered in the city to watch the hero play last night.

Victoria had travelled the longest of them all, from Canada. And when Rybak entirely surprising invited all participants of “Rybak Facebook-tour” to a Meet & Greet at the Klubben Hotel before the concert, Victoria knew what she wanted. A kiss from the hero. With a fan to keep her head clear, she leaned forward and gave Alexander a kiss on the tip of his nose when it was her turn in the two hour-long hugging queue. Continue reading Meet & Greet in Tønsberg in VG, 31.7.2010

Carefree Rybak. Article from Postimees, July 27th, 2010

by Esme Kassar

Found by our Estonian friends, English translation by Anglesina Est, Russian translation by Natalia Tallinnka

Original article

The second album of Eurovision singer begins with violin music – for a moment one get’s a feeling of beeing on some ball in the other century, the song is called “First kiss”. The young musician continues that kind of a journy with the listener throughout the album, doing some “Green Day”-like punk rock in the song “Why not me” and then the pure folk music in the “Barndance”. And then, of course, offering something to compete with his victorious ESC winning song – a captivating and dancing “Oah”. As the talented fiddler himself has in one Youtube interview smilingly said – let the critics cope with categorizing the album on their own. Exactly that means the limitless title “No boundaries”. Different styles and themes will be bound together by the violin and Rybak’s own sparkling energy and expressive performance form it to one whole. An extra big attention on this second album receive also the thousands and thousands of fans, my whom is inspired the song “5000 letters”, which seems to be the answer to those, whom Rybak hasn’t managed to write yet. And love is of course a main theme in many songs.

Fears identity-theft will end up in abuse. Interview with Kjell Arild Tiltnes, july 21st. 2010

Link to original article:

by Fredrik Furuseth,

English translation by Marianne Saietz, Russian translation by Zhanna Sergeeva

With more than 500 fake profiles on the website Facebook, Alexander Rybak is perhaps the most troubled by identity theft, among Norwegian celebrities.
The worst is, when people with bad intentions steal his identity to get in contact with young boys and girls.
Some of the pictures, used on the fake profiles are private, and shows the ESC- winner in bare chest and wearing only swimwear.
The profiles pretend to be Rybaks private – and several of them have made contact with fans and admirers who believe, they are talking directly to Rybak himself.
That is not the case. Continue reading Fears identity-theft will end up in abuse. Interview with Kjell Arild Tiltnes, july 21st. 2010

Alexander’s concert in Målselv, July 4th, 2010

(photo by Lise Løvland)

Underline: With a very enthusiastic audience in Istindportalen  Alexander Rybak  felt  that he was almost at home.

Link to the original article:

Translation by Tessa La


And it is of course an official opening, when it comes to the culture week. Some words from the deputy mayor, songs by local artists and sing a long should be the framework for the start of “Summer Målselv”. But it has to be said that it with benefit could tightened the concert program a part, for it was all about one man this afternoon, and it was the winner of last year’s Grand Prix. Continue reading Alexander’s concert in Målselv, July 4th, 2010

Alexander in FHM (For Him Magazine) August 2010

 Alexander Rybak

The fiddler reveals his darkest secrets…

Alexander Rybak FHM magaziine

(Found by Gesine Riech and translated by Hildebjørg Haugan and Tessa La.)

We tried to get an interview with you right after you won the Norwegian national ESC-final last year. Your manager said that they would probably try to make an appointment, but somehow we never got an interview. Did you hear anything about the interview?

No, and that is one reasons why I have changed manager. I was also scheduled to perform at a children’s festival. Suddenly it was gone from the calendar, and when I asked why, I was told that they would not have me after all. I called them to check, and was told that they wanted me, but that 200 000 NOK was too much for them. It’s okay that people are megalomaniac, but not that they are dishonest. I become directly evil when I do not get what I want…

Evil? Define evil, eh, please?

It is more proper to say I become like a spoiled little child. Prior to the ESC this year, NRK and my former management decided that I should fly down to the stage. I did not want to do that. When I got zero response to my complaints, I chose rather to go to VG [newspaper] and tell that they wanted me to fly. Thus, the news was released, so they had to drop the idea. But it sucks that I need to burn bridges to get what I want.

Continue reading Alexander in FHM (For Him Magazine) August 2010

Alexander & Bettan in VG paper issue, July 17th, 2010

On the picture: Elisabeth “Bettan” Andreassen and Alexander Rybak have great respect for each other as artists. This summer, they are again on stage together. This is from Cafe Sorgenfri at Aker Brygge

Translation by Tessa La

Elisabeth “Bettan” Andreassen (52) fully understands Alexander Rybak (24) violent outbursts in the past year.
The Swedish-Norwegian artist admits that she had similar reactions when she was on top after the Grand Prix victory in 1985.

– When Hanne Krogh and I toured in the “Let it Swing”- periode , it was a run all the time. Many times I was at the breaking point of what I endured, and then I would like to have crushed a double bass. It is better to get those things out than to keep it inside,- Bettan said to VG. Continue reading Alexander & Bettan in VG paper issue, July 17th, 2010

Interview to Ukrainian Internet Radio MyRadio.UA. Oslo, May 2010

This is a very new and very interesting interview by very young, but very talented Ukrainian  journalist from MyRadio.UA Vladimir Biriukov (the left one on the picture). Many thanks to Vladimir for posting the link on Official FB page of Alexander! Welcome to Planet Rybak, Vladimir!;))

Link to the original:

Alexander Rybak: No joking with love

Translation by Zhanna Sergeeva

We met Alexander in Oslo on the embankment which the windows of his newly acquired apartment overlook! The singer spoke about his new projects in which he will be involved this year, about the “Eurovision” and naturally about the relationship with the girls. Continue reading Interview to Ukrainian Internet Radio MyRadio.UA. Oslo, May 2010

Jazz concert – Alexander Rybak – Valdres Sommersymfoni, Fagernes, Norway June 26th, 2010

Jazz concert – Alexander Rybak and Felix Peikli

Sparkling interplay, charm and joy of playing were served to the audience when Alexander Rybak and Felix Peikli together entered the stage in Valdreshallen, Saturday, for income for the project they are both ambassadors for, Playing for a Future.

This was the second year in a row that Alexander Rybak had a concert at Fagernes, during Valdres Summer Symphony Festival, to raise money for the help project Playing for a Future, which helps children from poor parts of the world to participate in the Summer Symphony. This time, he was not alone on stage since the project’s new ambassador, the clarinetist Felix Peikli, joined him on stage.

Not the first time

The two young musicians know each other well from before, and it was not the first time the two were on stage together in Valdres. Also during Valdres Summer Symphony in 2008, they held a concert together in Valdreshallen. There is no doubt that the two thrive in each other’s company, which is clearly expressed musically. With them on stage they had Gunnar Flagstad on piano, Sjur Bjærke on double bass and Øystein Aarnes Vik on drums, and with that it was all ready for an unforgettable concert where the joy of playing was central.

In 2008: It was not the first time these two musicians had a concert together. Already in 2008 Alexander and Felix impressed with an improvisation concert, and they impressed their audience just as much this time and gave them a wonderful mix of pop, jazz with improvisation and classical music.

Something that was not definitely not lacking this evening was charm, joy of play and talent. And the audience was served both fabulous solo numbers and sparkling interplay where you got to see Peikli’s jazz-inspired expression and Rybak’s classic style in wonderful symbiosis. And during the hour-long concert, they performed a repertoire containing everything from “Visa Vid Vindens Ängar” to “Summertime”, before it all ended in a terrific, improvised extra number that they gave the title “Valdres blues”.


The songs order in the playlist is not necessarily the order they were play in the concert.

  • Valdres Blues
  • Visa Vid Vindens Änger
  • Summertime
  • My sweet Embraceable You
  • Jealous
  • All of Me
  • Song From a Secret Garden

Thanks to Laila U and Hildebjørg H, who were present and recorded, we can also enjoy these precious moments 🙂

First concert, then girlfriend – Interview in June 24th, 2010

Article published on 24.6.2010

Author: Hege Støtvig. Photos: Anne Charlotte Schjøll.

Translation by Marianne Saietz
Article revised by Anni Jowett

 Thriving: Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen feel they are among their own and thrive in the company of the Marine Music. Friday they will be on stage together, at the annual Firework-concert at  Karljohansvern.

First Concert – Then Girlfriend!

HORTEN: Alexander Rybak wishes for a girlfriend. He will try to make that happen this summer,  but first: The Firework-concert in Horten.

Yesterday  Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen had rehearsals with the Marine Music in Horten. Friday they will be on stage for the annual Firework-concert at Karljohansvern. The concert is announced as a family party by the  Festspillene.  The fact that great weather and  a record audience is expected at the concert on Friday, does not affect Rybak and Solli-Tangen very much.

–  It is going to be awesome, no matter what! Even if there is only an audience of ten. What we are going to do is quite unique, says  Rybak. – Come to the concert,  encourages Solli-Tangen.

Continue reading First concert, then girlfriend — Interview in June 24th, 2010

I have many new mayflies inside me – Dagbladet. June 17th, 2010

Translation by Tessa La

The album releasing Alexander Rybak (24) joked about his hand injury before the Eurovision. In reality, he broke his hand when he furiously hit the wall.

– Look ! I have just taken off the cast after 3 weeks. It looks like I have a rash, says Alexander Rybak to Dagbladet, showing his right hand. Continue reading I have many new mayflies inside me — Dagbladet. June 17th, 2010

My heart is broken but free – Interview in Russian “7 Days”, June 16th, 2010

Article published on 16.6.2010.

By Maria Adamchuk, 7 Days. Link to original article here

Translated by Olina Novikova and Marianne Saietz

Alexander Rybak:  “My heart is broken but free “

Since last year, when the unknown violinist and singer,  won the Eurovision, his life has changed dramatically. He is constantly on the road, but manages to do repairs in his recently bought apartment, and he still has time for romantic relationships! About his life today,  Sasha told reporters of  “7Days” while walking along the sacred places of his favorite Oslo.

Continue reading My heart is broken but free — Interview in Russian “7 Days”, June 16th, 2010

If I wanted, I could have made an album that got a 6 on the dices- VG June 18th 2010

Link to original article:

Translation by Marianne Saietz.

Rybak in the sun. “I think, many people think, it is IN trend not to like Alexander Rybak”,- says Alexander Rybak, when he met VG on a pier at Nesodden.

Foto: Krister Sørbø

Alexander Rybak doesn´t recognize the problem of the difficult second album.

– I think, many thinks, it is “in” not to like Alexander Rybak. I am prepared , it might be slaughter,- Alexander Rybak says to VG.

Monday, the Eurovision-winner releases his second album, which has been called «No Boundaries» and gets a 3 on the dice from VG. The first single, ” Oah” had the dice-throw one, but Rybak states, that he doesn’t care for the critique of the music he makes. Continue reading If I wanted, I could have made an album that got a 6 on the dices- VG June 18th 2010

Rybak without boundaries – Østlandsposten, June 16th, 2010

Published on 16.6.2012. Written by ANB – NTB.  Link to original article:

Translation by Marianne Saietz

Rybak releases monday the album «No Boundaries», which is, excactly as the title says, a mixture of different genres, though with the personal violin-mark of Rybak. Photo: Vidar Ruud – NTB.

Rybak Without Boundaries

– If I had liked one box, I would have shut myself inside it!  –  Says Alexander Rybak, who instead enters a legion of  boxes on his new album which, consequently,  has been named “No Boundaries”.

– I have so much in my heart, so much I want to say! –
But at the same time, he is fully aware, that the new disc, is what he describes as:  “Too versatile for a good roll of the dice.” – It is not allowed to experiment with genres, – says Alexander, who also believes there has been too much of him in Norway in the recent months – and that is why the new single ” Oah “was slaughtered in reviews.
– In Russia I haven´t been a lot recently, and there,  it was very well received. It is a signal about where I am as an artist.  Now,  the decline is official – because it is no longer ” in”,  to lift me up, –  he says without blinking. Continue reading Rybak without boundaries — Østlandsposten, June 16th, 2010

Rybak fears slaughter – Interview 17.06.2010

The Eurovision winner is prepered for the worst. To get massiv critic on his new album.

Reason:  The following up album jumps without any bounderies from genre to genre.
I’m terrified for the reviews, says AlexanderRybak
Text to photo: Alexander Rybak (24) will soon move from his mother at Nesodden till his new bought apartment at Aker Brygge. (Photo: Anne Elisabeth Næss)

Continue reading Rybak fears slaughter — Interview 17.06.2010

No one has more nominations -NRK June 11th, 2010

No one has more nominations

Alexander Rybak is in a league of his own, when it comes to nominations for Russians Music Awards.

Text to photo: Alexander Rybak has taken Russia by storm after winning the ESC in Moscow last year. Foto: Kim Erlandsen/

Russian-speaking,  Norwegian Alexander Rybak, of Belorussian origin, is now definitely  among the elite in the Russian entertainment business. Continue reading No one has more nominations -NRK June 11th, 2010

Portrait from ”Magasinet” in Dagbladet, May 29th, 2010

Quote on the cover: “”I think I will have to change myself to be able to get a girlfriend”

Source: Magasinet, Dagbladet, published 29th of May 2010. Translation by TessaLa, revision by Anni Jowett.

Alexander Rybak

Born: 13 May 1986

Family: I am an only child. That’s perhaps why I’m so eager to find myself a girlfriend.

Right now: Performs at the final of the ESC in the evening, and the new album “No Boundaries” is in stores in about two weeks. Continue reading Portrait from ”Magasinet” in Dagbladet, May 29th, 2010

2 Articles + Video: “Alexander Rybak ran for life” – “Supported UNICEF”. June 3th, 2010


Alexander Rybak ran for life Hamar Arbeiderblad 3.6.10, by Anne Bergsengene

Translation by Marianne Saietz

Original article:

Alexander Rybak was the main attraction yesterday, when the pupils of Fagerlund school, ran for children in Africa.

Brumunddal: The spirit was high and the autograph-hunters were eager, when Fairytale Alexander spent some morning hours at Fagerlund School yesterday. And even though the artist couldn´t play the fiddle because of an injured hand, and insisted that he couldn´t sing either, the children were very happy to have him as visitor. Continue reading 2 Articles + Video: “Alexander Rybak ran for life” — “Supported UNICEF”. June 3th, 2010

Practice little – Play a lot! – Alexander Rybak advises young string-players. April 22nd 2010

“Practise little, play a lot! ”
– Alexander Rybak

Text to photo: Alexander Rybak gives Johannes Ek-Stenmo tips about how to play the violin. Photo: Photo: Geir Hansen

Published in 22.4.2010 Link to original article: Click here Tekst: Torgeir Snilsberg. Foto Geir Hansen
Translation by Marianne S. English and article revision by Annijo

16 young local string players welcomed Alexander Rybak with the well-known “Fairytale” in Moss Art Gallery yesterday afternoon.

-You are so good! Complimented last years ESC-winner, who in return played together with and gave advice to the children, even though not all the advice was educationally “correct”!
– Do you practice every day? That is a lot more than I do. When I was little I practiced 2-3 hours every day. Now, I don’t practice at all, smiled the popular guest.

  –  When the tutors are so playful as they are here at Juniorstrings, it is nice to come visit. Some places I visit have a bit to high ambition, and the tutors are not focused on having fun. But here it seems they manage to combine it nicely. It should feel like they are having fun when such small children are playing an instrument, Rybak said after playing,  answering questions and autograph signing.  
– Progress and results should come as a bonus?
– Yes, I think so. For my part, there was too much ambition while I was growing up.

SMS and email

Ola Ek-Stenmo, father of two violin playing boys, had arranged the nice visit.
–I called Alexander’s mother and got the phone number to his management. And some SMSs and emails later, he is here. And this means a lot to the children, Ek-Stenmo smiled

– It was a bit strange to have him visiting, says 6-year old Johannes Ek-Stenmo.

– This was great. Interesting to see a “real” violinist, smiled 11 year old Michelle Chan,

 – What I have learned? I have learned how I can write songs. I have learned to express my feelings more when I play. And I have learned that Alexander Rybak is very cozy in real life,  Ellen Aabol smiled.

More tips

Alexander told the children that it is wise to play the piano in addition to a string instrument, that it smart to use the whole length of the violin bow. That it is better to play horizontally and fluently, than up and down like a bouncing ball. That he, himself, manages quite fine with violins costing 5000 NOK each, and that it is possible to “cheat” in the very fast music parts, because the audience don’t hear what is played anyway…

– Continue with everything you are good at and like to do, Rybak advised, who wrote his last advice for the day on the backside of a violin: “Practice little, play a lot!”.

Alexander Rybak Juniorstrings in Moss

Bergen Youth Orchestra in Japan with Alexander Rybak – Report from the tour. March 29th – April 4th, 2010

From March 29th – April 4th, 2010 – Alexander accompanied the Youth Orchestra “Ung Symfoni” on a concert-tour in Japan. The report is written by Elisabet Haavet and was found at the webpage of UNG SYMFONI, HORDALAND

Translation of the last parts of the report,  in which Alexander is mentioned by Marianne Saietz:

“The concert in Osaka, would take place in the amazing IZUMI HALL. It was right next to the hotel and everybody got VIP-cards to get in and out. It was a big pleasure to practise there and people were well-rested from beds, spa and Ferris wheel. Funny, it was also, to accompany and sing back-vocals for Alexander Rybak – still a bit ours!! – and the orchestra took it as good sports, that he changed the partitur 140 times along the way. Swing it did and at the concert, he made the Japanese sing along and clap too. Continue reading Bergen Youth Orchestra in Japan with Alexander Rybak — Report from the tour. March 29th — April 4th, 2010

Valdres Sommersymfoni and its project “Playing for a Future”

(the following article was provided by Valdres Sommersymfoni and translated from Norwegian to English by Marianne)

Valdres Summer Symphony
Valdres Summer Symphony will be conducted this year for the 17th time. The festival has gained status as the leading summer music school of classical music – with strings, wind-instruments, piano, vocals and, this year, also guitar – and aims to be the place where students are inspired and where dreams are created. There is also a festival where international top-performers meet and work with each other and with the young advanced students.
This makes the Summer Symphony unique in an international context. For several of the country’s leading talents, as Vilde (Frang) Bjerke, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Catharina Chen and Alexander Rybak, Valdres Summer Symphony was their first meeting with a professional musical environment, where important contacts were linked; contacts that later became central to further development. From winter 2009 we also offer courses during the winter.

Continue reading Valdres Sommersymfoni and its project “Playing for a Future”