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Per Sundnes about MGP 2018 and Alexander’s return 16.01.2018

“Musikkfrokost” on Alexander Rybak in MGP 2018 – 16.01.18

Per Sundes about MGP 2018, Alexander’s return and the musical family Rybak in the radio programme “Musikkfrokost” (Music breakfast) on radio NRK Klassisk.

They also played the musical piece “Spurven” (The Sparrow) by the Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen, performed by Alexander, in the age of 12, and his mother Natasha Rybak. A reording from the CD “En Julefortelling” (A Christmas Tale). 

The interview with Per Sundnes with English subs.

Alexander and Natasha Rybak performing “Spurven” (The Sparrow)



Alexander Rybak – Celebration of Igor Rybak’s 60th anniversary 15.06.2014


Source: paper issue of “Se&Hør. Author: Asbjørn Vederhus. Photo:Tore Skaae.  Found by TessaLa. Translated by Jorunn Ekre. Revision by Anni Jowett

Alexander Rybak and Igor Rybak
“It’s the best gift I could ever get. I’m so touched said Dad Igor, after the big party concert his son had arranged.” Good tone: Alexander and Igor dad have a close relationship and are both very musical

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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.

Article: How the Rybak family celebrates Christmas. “Se & Hør”, 07.12.2012

Article in the paper issue of “Se & Hør”. Published on 07.12.2012

Found by Tessa Lande. Scanned by Venche M. English translation by Jorunn Ekre. English revision by Anni Jowett.

NICE ATMOSPHERE IN THE LIVING ROOM: The Rybak family have already decorated for Christmas with beautiful Christmas marbles in the window and a Santa Claus in the window frame.

Here we  celebrate Norwegian Christmas

Text: Per Sigve Kleppe
Photo: Geir Egil Skog, Se og hør

The Rybak family comes from Belarus, but they celebrate Christmas with pork rib and a Christmas tree!

Alexander Rybak (26) travels for over 300 days a year, but for Christmas Eve the Eurovision Song Contest star only wants to be in one place: At home at Nesodden. He has all his good childhood memories here.

– It`s important to me that Mom, Dad and I give each other priority on this day,- Alexander says.
At home dad Igor (58) and mom Natalia (53) celebrate Christmas in the best Norwegian tradition. Mom makes Christmas breakfast and fixes the pork rib for dinner. Alexander visits the neighbours with Christmas presents.

Continue reading Article: How the Rybak family celebrates Christmas. “Se & Hør”, 07.12.2012

Alexander has a very special relationship to his mom. Hjemmet 03.12.12

Alexander Rybak has a very special relationship to his mom

Regardless of how busy Alexander Rybak (26) is, he always puts his soul into the Christmas gifts for his mom Natalia (53). Mother and son have a very close relationship. 
– She is the most important person in my life, he says.

Article in the paper issue of  the Norwegian weekly magazine “Hjemmet”, published on 3.12.2012.  Text: Hans Petter Treider
Photo: Jørn Grønlund

Found and translated by Jorunn Ekre and Tessa La. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn and Anni Jowett.

– Do you wonder when I’m most happy?  Natalia Rybak repeats while she smiles widely. Then she turns around and looks at her son who is sitting next to her. My answer is probably the same as with all mothers: I am most happy when my child is happy. It means everything that Alexander is doing well, Natalia says and gives her son a big hug.

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Video: Alexander & Igor Rybak. Interview on “Zvezdolet”-show. Latvian TV. June 20th 2012

Recording by Ulli Cologne. English translation and subs by Zhanna Sergueeva.

English revision by Anni Jowett and Tessa Lande. Romanian translation by Laura Ser.

Alexander Rybak meets his fans in Jurmala, Latvia, 19.06.2012.

Article published on puaro.lv  June 20 (2012) 10:53

Written by Agneta Niedra. Photos by Kristaps Bergs.  Link to original article here

Translation by Yanis Baksha. English revision by Tessa Lande and Anni Jowett

 However, even though his victory in the international Eurovision Song was over three years ago, Alexander Rybak by his every step still forces girls to squeal and cry.

On Monday evening the singer,with his obvious charisma, came to Yurmala, and next day went on the stage with his dad Igor Rybak and family and childhood friends Michael and Boris Kazinik. The unique tandem of father and son brings a unique musical experience to the Dzintari audience.

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TV-news from Latvia about the concert “Fathers and sons” June 19th 2012

On June 19th, Alexander Rybak and his father Igor gave the concert “Father and sons” with father and son, Michail and Boris Kazinik at Dzintaru Concert Hall, Jurmala, Latvia. The Latvian TV-News made a report before the concert.

Found by Natalia Tallinka. English translation and subtitles by Sonya Luzina. Slovak subtitles by Danka Čolláková

Alexander Rybak – Thanks for everything dad! – June 12th 2012

Alexander Rybak has got a musical upbringing.

Thanks for everything dad!

When Alexander Rybak did music exams at the Barratt Due Institute of Music before the weekend, he hit his dad’s heart strings.

Article published in the paper-issue of norwegian magazine “Her&Nå”, 12.6.2012. Written by Philip Reiler. Photos: Tom Hansen

Found and translated by Tessa La. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn

The hectic program of ESC winner Alexander Rybak (26) has made it a challenge to take the graduation exam concert at the Barratt Due Institute of Music.
But when he finally made it, he got the top grade!

Family and friends had both a thrilling and touching concert experience where the multi talent served anecdotes between music pieces and talked about when he played with his dad Igor (57).

Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Thanks for everything dad! — June 12th 2012

Concert with Bærum Young Strings & Vivaldi-Orchestra – 14.04.2012

Alexander had an exciting show with  Bærum Young Strings and Vivaldi-Orchestra lead by Igor Rybak, at  Bærum Culturehouse. Thanks to Venche M. and Tessa L.for recording whole concert.

Overture –  1st part

Overture – 2nd part

Europe Skies

Førsta Kyss 

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Alexander, Igor and Natalia Rybak. Interview in Nesodden, Norway. 7-15.09.2011

2 interviews with Alexander and his parents were taken by independent journalist Evgeniy Diakonov during September 2011. He uploaded 2 parts of this great interview in January 2012 and was so nice to add our English subs to his videos! 🙂

Igor and Natalia Rybak at their private house in Nesodden.

English translation by Zhanna S. and Maria Jitkova. Subs by Julia B.

and the same video at Dailymotion: http://dai.ly/x7RR3K

Alexander Rybak in Nesodden.

English translation and subs by Julia B. 

and the same video on Dailymotion: http://dai.ly/wPJC3z

Alexander Rybak, Vivaldi Orchestra and T. Stanghelle at the University of Oslo, 12.10.2011

Alexander playing with the Vivaldi Orchestra of his father, Igor, and Thomas Stanghelle, for the 200 years Jubilee of the University of Oslo (Universitetet i Oslo), the following pieces:

  • Bergrosa, by Sven Nyhus
  • L’inverno (the Winter), from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four seasons”
  • Two songs from “Some Sunny Night” with Thomas Stanghelle, the composer of this work, based on the life of Ketil Moe. At the presence of his friend in life, Mark Wang.

Recording by Alev Can and Venche Mellemstrand. Montage by Yannis Pap. English translation by Tessa La. Subtitles by Julia B.

Also on Dailymotion

Alexander Rybak playing songs of Mikis Theodorakis – Lesbos, Greece, 2007

This is Alexander’s only known performance in Greece so far. In 2007, 2 years before winning the Eurovision, he played songs from «Axion Estin» with the Oslo-based Vivaldi Orchestra in Plomari, Lesbos. Here you can listen the only two songs whose recording has become available from this concert, and watch photos. You can see Alexander at the piano in two of the photos.

Click CC for subtitles. Available in English (by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard), Russian (from hellas-songs.ru) and Greek (original). Subtitle syncing: Yannis P.

The Vivaldi orchestra has been founded and conducted by Alexander’s father, Igor Rybak. At the vocals we find the Greek-Norwegian mezzo soprano Marilena Zlatanou and the Arcadia Choir, also from Norway.

The two songs heard here are «Της αγάπης αίματα» (Blood of Love) and «Ένα το χελιδόνι» (Lone is the swallow). They both belong to the famous Oratory of Mikis Theodorakis «Axion Esti» («Ἄξιον Ἐστὶ» = “It is Truly Meet”, 1964), based on the homonym poem of the Nobel-laureate Odysseus Elytis (1960), inspired after the struggle of the Greek people against fascism from the beginning of WW-2 and onwards.

Alexander Rybak and the Vivaldi-Orchestra, Oslo, Norway, May 20th, 2011

(found by Julia Bezbakh, Zhanna Sergueeva, Ingegerd Claesson, videos by Laila Solum Hansen, Hildebjørg HauganPolish Rybak’s Mafia)

Bergrosa (composer: Sven Nyhus)

Träden i Villa Borghese (new Alexander’s song)

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Alexander and Igor Rybak performing at Compatriot Award in Moscow 11.02.2010

Alexander was awarded with the Russian award “Compatriot 2009”

The awarding took place the 11th of February at the Final Gala Concert at Grand Hall of House of Trade Unions, Moscow.

Alexander performed at the Gala Concert, and together with his father Igor he played “Hungarian Suite”. Here is a video of the performance, and pictures from the show you’ll find below.

Pictures from the show:

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