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Here the fairy tale began – Alexander Rybak – Norway’s hope in ESC 2009

Here the fairy tale began

Alexander was a “king” on the piano. He loved it. But “war” broke out when his parents also wanted him to try he violin, recalls the grandmother. 

Text to picture: He is three years old and is going to have lunch at the family country house. Two years later, Alexander Rybak moves and has not been to Belarus since. VG Friday has met some of those who meant most  to «Sasha». Continue reading Here the fairy tale began — Alexander Rybak — Norway’s hope in ESC 2009

Alexander Rybak about love, bullying and friendship in Her og Nå 18.08.2015

stigAlexander Rybak knows how to get his priorities right:

FAMILY AND FRIENDS MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME

Author: Gry Hartvigsen Photo: Lasse Eriksson and Morten Bendiksen. Found and translated by Jorunn Ekre. Revision by Anni Jowett. Continue reading Alexander Rybak about love, bullying and friendship in Her og Nå 18.08.2015

Alexander Rybak – Interview in Se&Hør 10.10.2014

Alexander Rybak is not ready to settle down

“I would not wish for anyone to be my girlfriend”

Source: Se&Hør 10.10.2014. Author: Marius Kromvoll. Photo: Se&Hør, NRK.

Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Bita Janz

Heartbreaker - Alexander Rybak, who is currently focused on "The Hit", thinks that any potential girlfriends will have to endure some negative experiences.
Heartbreaker – Alexander Rybak, who is currently focused on “The Hit”, thinks that any potential girlfriends will have to endure some negative experiences.

 

The pop star is a bachelor and believes that female fans are partly to blame. 

On new adventures
This week, Alexander Rybak (28) is ready for a duel with Trine Rein (43) in NRK’s new concept “The Hit”. Love, on the contrary, unfortunately has to wait.

– I can’t have a girlfriend. Or rather, I shouldn’t say that for certain. But becoming my girlfriend means getting a lot of harassment from many other girls, and I would not wish that for anyone, Alexander tells Se & Hør. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Interview in Se&Hør 10.10.2014

If I die tomorrow – I would die happy – Se&Hør 14.03.14

Always cosy whenever we meet

For the first time Alexander Rybak shows off his apartement at Aker Brygge.

Welcome! Alexander Rybak (27) is of current interest with the TV2 success “Hver Gang Vi Møtes”.

– I got along best with Sigvart Dagsland. He thinks of music at the same level as me. I am already looking forward to the next time I’ll see him, he tells.

The busy guy with the fiddle is traveling most of the time. He is away from home 250 days a year. When he happens to be at his apartment at Aker Brygge in Oslo he enjoys relaxing in front of his new 55 inch 4K-TV.

Article in the paper issue of Se & Hør, published 13.4.2014. Text:
 Per Sigve Kleppe. Photos: Henning Jensen
Found, scanned and translated by Jorunn E. English revision by Anni Jowett.

Alexander opens the doors to his bachelor burrow

Bachelor burrow: The 55 inch TV is the centerpiece of the living room. – I enjoy life when I get to sit on the couch and play video games, said Alexander Rybak.

I have learnt to enjoy life when I`m at home. This is my “safe house”. I play TV-games, watch movies and build LEGO. LEGO is what I busy myself with when I write lyrics, he tells.

Lives here: In 2010 Alexander bought a 90 square metre apartment at the attractive area Aker Brygge in Oslo. He paid a little over five million Norwegian krone for it.

– I remember I got scolded by my Norwegian teacher in primary school. We got a book, and we students were going to read one chapter a week. I read the book in a few hours. The teacher did not believe me and got grumpy, smiles Alexander.

Could have been burnt out 

Playing the violin at Alexander’s level is a demanding exercise. Dad Igor tells they are happy he doesn’t only give violin concerts.

Proud parents: Mom Natalia and Dad Igor think it’s cosy meeting their son when he’s at home in Oslo.

– If that was the case, my son would’ve been burnt out already. It`s difficult to understand how demanding it is to give a violin concert, tells Igor who says his son was already a capable violinist at the age of six.

Many people claim that Alexander has the gene of a genius in his body. Like many other geniuses he has chosen his own path. Sometimes things have become too much for him, like when he hit his hand against the wall in rage. And when he smashed his violin during a rehearsal.

Alexander Natalia Igor Rybak Apartment Aker Brygge

Sushi dinner:  The Rybak family are having a very nice time chatting around the dinner table. Alexander served sushi.

World fame: Here Alexander Rybak is pictured during his performance of Fairytale at the final in Moscow in 2009. This was the moment that changed his life. 

Nice memories: The trophy of all trophies is standing on the mantle: The proof that he won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with the legendary Fairytale

Sleepless nights

Home studio: Alexander creates much of his music here.Currently he is busy with his own musical “Troll”.

– I can go 12 days in a row with four to five hours of sleep. Then I’m out of balance. If it`s in addition to a big pressure similar things like when I hit my hand against the wall and had to wear a cast occurred. But now I have learnt to live with it. Now I’m able to stay calm in such situations.

The MGP-legend is used to high and low tunes. The music reflects his life.
– Sometimes I don’t feel anything. It’s all empty. During those periods I’m the most susceptible, and often those are the times when I create new music, he tells.

Could`ve been “The Bachelor” 

Music has given Alexander opportunities and great offers. Some things he has accepted, others he regrets turning down.

Builds LEGO: Every time I’m home I start building a new LEGO project. To me this is work, since I write song lyrics while I make myself busy with these constructions.

– I turned down being a guest at the Oprah Winfrey show a few years ago. Also I turned down participating in the Ukrainian celebrity Version of “The Bachelor”. They offered me 8 million Krone, but I had a girlfriend at the time. If I had received the offer today, the answer would’ve surely been different, he says smiling.

At the age of 27, however, he has achieved more than most people. That’s why it’s suitable to finish this article with these words from Alexander:

– This isn’t something a mother or father enjoys hearing, but I can say that if I died today I would’ve died a lucky man.

A Christmas Story by Alexander Rybak

On  Christmas Eve Alexander shared a lovely story about his family traditions for this day on his official Facebook page 🙂

Today is Christmas Eve. A day for traditions.

Since I was a little boy, I have always celebrated Christmas with my parents. Of course there was more magic when I was a child, but now it has become a …well …tradition! Continue reading A Christmas Story by Alexander Rybak

Interview with Alexander Rybak in Azeri magazine “Your Passage”

Interview was made during Alexander’s visit to Baku in May 2012

Article published in the paper-issue of  “Your Passage”, №36, 2012

English translation by Sonya Luzina. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn

Alexander Rybak: I grew up on the symbiosis of classical and folk music

Charming, talented, cute, emotional, and a little shy – that’s how I remembered Alexander Rybak. He didn’t get a star fever, he can admire, enjoy and love. The most important people in his life are his parents. And he was infinitely glad to meet Will Smith, he was marvelled by his simplicity and sense of humour, at the reception in honour of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama. He appreciates honesty and loyalty in people, because he is like that himself . And in addition he is interested in psychology, dogs and sushi. … Although he is extremely busy, Alexander Rybak took time for “PASSAGE” and revealed his little secrets in an exclusive interview. By the way, we had agreed that we’ll mention “ESC” only in passing – since there are too many other interesting topics.

Continue reading Interview with Alexander Rybak in Azeri magazine “Your Passage”

Alexander Rybak taught his niece to play the violin at the “Slavic Bazaar”

Article published on kp.ru 13.07.2012.

Text by Sergey Andrianov. Photos by Evgeniy Krasnook.

Link to the original article: http://kp.ru/daily/25915/2868951/

Translation by Sonya Luzina. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn

Rybak arrived at his sister’s place on the outskirts of Vitebsk in the evening before the festival opening concert, with flowers! He bought roses and lilies for his niece Uliana and brought a CD with his songs for his half-sister Julia (she’s daughter of Sasha’s dad Igor Rybak from his first marriage). And he brought his violin, of course.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak taught his niece to play the violin at the “Slavic Bazaar”

“Enchanting Alexander Rybak” – Latvian newspaper “Vesti segodnya”

Alexander Rybak Latvia June 2012
Alexander Rybak is a brilliant musician and a great guy.

After the concert in the concert hall “Dzintari.”

Enchanting Alexander Rybak

He caught everyone on the hook without a fishing rod!

Article on  www.ves.lv 27.06.2012. By Natalia Lebedeva. Found by Anglesina Est. Translation by Sonya Luzina. English revision by Tessa Lande and Lillian Llewellyn 

– When I come to Moscow, I can’t talk about movies with my peers – the hero of “Eurovision”, violinist, composer and singer, who grew up in Norway, 26-year-old Alexander Rybak, suddenly confided in me after the fabulous concert “Fathers and Sons” in the concert hall “Dzintari”. Continue reading “Enchanting Alexander Rybak” — Latvian newspaper “Vesti segodnya”

Alexander Rybak’s interview to Romanian newspaper Adevarul, 12.11.2011

Found by Ellen Nl. Translated by a friend who wishes to stay anonymous.

Also available in Greek (ελληνικά)

Alexander Rybak, singer: “I am sorry for bothering you, I think I am drowning”

By Roxana Lolea. Source: http://www.adevarul.ro/life/vedete/Alexander_Rybak-cantaret_0_589141491.html

Extremely shy, Alexander Rybak told us about the adventures he had, when he came to Romania, to help Paula Seling choose the finalists of the “X Factor”. Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s interview to Romanian newspaper Adevarul, 12.11.2011