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Alexander Rybak – next stop Chicago – Interview 16.7.21 – Se og Hør

Alexander Rybak – moved back home to his childhood room.

Source: Paper issue of Se og Hør, published 16.7.2021. Text by Harald Gautner, photos: Espen Solli. English translation: Tessa La, revision by Anni Jowett.

Text to the featured picture: Playfulness: A lot is about music in the Rybak family’s home. Dad Igor gives private lessons in violin, Mom accompanies on piano, while Alexander creates new and fantastic music.

Welcome, says Alexander Rybak, who now lives at home with his mum and dad.

Not many know that the musical genius from Nesoddtangen set deep in the Oslo Fjord was asked to write the Melodi Grand Prix song for the “Queen of Austria”, Conchita Wurst . This was in 2014 and about four years after he himself won the competition with “Fairytale”.

“Se og Hør” met an openhearted Alexander Rybak (35) in his childhood home, which he left 17 years ago. There he has “corona-lived” the last 1,5 years.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak — next stop Chicago — Interview 16.7.21 — Se og Hør

Alexander Rybak’s TikTok success – Interview in VG 5.6.2021

Alexander Rybak “couped” fan account on TikTok.

Featured photo: Busy: Alexander Rybak, pictured during last year’s “Allsang på grensen”. Photo by Thoms Andersen/TV2

Now Alexander Rybak studies composition for film music.

Alexander Rybak reveals info about his studies, about nerves that still give him palpitations, and the sudden success on TikTok.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s TikTok success — Interview in VG 5.6.2021

Alexander Rybak – Interview in God Kveld Norge 01.01.2021

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Alexander Rybak chose the worst year for detox.

Source: TV2.no. Interview publish on TV2.no 01.01.2020
Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revised by Anni Jowett

Text to featured picture:
POSITIVE: Despite the fact that the year has been marked by many challenges and trials, Alexander Rybak feels that he has become himself again. Now he has entered the master’s program at Colombia College and will focus exclusively on this. Photo: Berit Roald/NTB scanpix

It has been a busy year for Alexander Rybak (34), with studies, detox and the corona pandemic. Now the musician wants to focus solely on his master studies.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Interview in God Kveld Norge 01.01.2021

Alexander Rybak on his new song “Magic” 17.7.2020

Alexander Rybak talks about about his new song “Magic” in interviews with the Norwegian broadcaster NRK1 and newspaper VG 17. July 2020

Source: Parts from an article in VG.no, published the 17.7.20 and an interview on the News on NRK1 the same date. Translated by TessaLa, revised by Anni Jowett.

After being addicted to sleeping pills and antidepressants for 11 years, Alexander Rybak (34) was safely on his way to rehabilitation.
Until May he had worked with his problems, been determined and experienced that everything now went the right way. But in May he hit the wall at full speed, he was on his way back to the wrong track again.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak on his new song “Magic” 17.7.2020

Alexander Rybak and Ingeborg Walther – radio NRKSørlandet 26.11.19

Trolle and Alva visited NRK’s local radio station in Kristiansand today and talked about the musical “Trolle”. It is only two days to the premiere and for Alexander it is a bit scary and at the same time really looking forward to the day his most cherished project has its premiere. We wish him and his crew all the luck.

At the end of the interview Ingeborg and Alexander sings the song “Baby it’s Cold Outside”

The interview was published by radio NRKSørlandet and can be listened to HERE

The video is recorded by TessaLa and has English subtitles by TessaLa, revised by Anni Jowett.

The magic of “Trolle” – Alexander Rybak

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Source: Kilden Teater og Konserthall.
Translated by TessaLa, revised by Anni Lowett

Text to photo: Important to write “Trolle”: With the musical “Trolle” Alexander wants to tell the children that they are not alone feeling different. Photo: Jon Petter Thorsen / Aptum


Melody Grand Prix and “Fairytale” were fun. But at the same time, I was working on something else, something completely different, something that could be about us all. About bullying, about not fitting in. About magical places and mysterious creatures that one can choose to believe in or not. But most of all about friendship.

Continue reading The magic of “Trolle” — Alexander Rybak

I thrive best living alone, says Alexander rybak – 3.9.2019

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Mom and Dad mean everything to me

Text to photo: The most important: Mom Natalia and Dad Igor are the most important people in Alexander Rybak’s life. He often visits them at Nesodden.

Interview in the Norwegian weekly celebrity magazine “Se og Hør”, Tuesday 3.9.2019. Text: L.C.Andersen Lofstad. Photo: Espen Solli and private. Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Anni Jowett.

After Alexander Rybak broke up with his girlfriend Julie, Alexander Rybak lives alone in his dream apartment at Aker Brygge.

Continue reading I thrive best living alone, says Alexander rybak — 3.9.2019

Alexander Rybak on “loffen” – interview in Amta 19.09.2008

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Alexander Rybak on “loffen”

Eleven days this summer Alexander Rybak from Nesodden went from door to door at Sunnmøre (in the north-west of Norway) with his fiddle on his shoulder.

Source: Paper issue of Amta (local paper in Nesodden), published 19.9.2008. Text: Trond Folckersahm. Photos: Trond Folckersahm and Alexander Rybak. The interview was done at the Opera House in Oslo.
Translation by TessaLa, revision by Anni Jowett.

– A nerve-racking, exciting, challenging, eventful and fun experience, says Alexander, who has had a very active year.

He has, among other things, been on the stage in the role as the fiddler in “Spellemann på taket” (Fiddler on the Roof) at Oslo Nye Teater. There has also been time for the recording of a movie. Alexander has a musical role, as the gypsy Levi, in the big production  «Yohan», which will premier in Norwegian cinemas next year. Concerts have of course been on the schedule. But the “raisin in the sausage” may have been the ten days on “loffen” in Giske municipality in Sunnmøre with his fiddle on his back. A maybe some unusual “stunt” from a classically trained violinist.
Text to photo: Alexander has been on the theater stage, film studio and on “loffen” this year. Who knows, maybe the opera stage is next.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak on “loffen” — interview in Amta 19.09.2008

The wandering fiddler – Alexander Rybak – summer 2008

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Next week Alexander Rybak will go from door to door in Giske municipality and play violin and get shelter and food in return.

Souce: Paper issue of Sunnmørsposten, published 19. July 2008. Text and photo: Nils-Ove Støbakk.


– I have read stories about “øyloffing” (island hopping) and wondering where people stayed on such a trip. Then I decided I would stay with strangers.
Alexander Rybak is not exactly the prototype of a traveling troubadour, although he will until next Sunday be strolling
around the islands Valderøya, Vigra, Giske and Godøya with the violin under his arm.
Last year Alexander was instructor at the Summer School orchestra School at Borgund Folkehøgskule. He got the chance to see the view from Fjellstua, and then he got the idea.
– It was the best view ever! It looked very nice on the islands, so I thought that I would try loffing there. Continue reading The wandering fiddler — Alexander Rybak — summer 2008

Alexander Rybak the Great – Interview in Dagbladet 20.02.2009

We cheer for Alexander Rybak

This is the most popular thing you have ever done. You can participate in Melodi Grand Prix with this.

Source: Paper issue of Dagbladet’s magazine FREDAG, 20.02.2009. Text by:  Anne Gunn Halvorsen. Photo: Lars Myhren Heland. Place: Vigra. Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Anni Jowett. 

This is what Alexander Rybak (22) was thinking when he was standing on a mountain top outside Ålesund this summer. He brought out his violin to play a bit in the summer weather, and what came out was to become a huge favourite in tomorrow’s Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix final, the song “Fairytale”. Continue reading Alexander Rybak the Great — Interview in Dagbladet 20.02.2009

Interview with Alexander Rybak and Ingrid Berg Mehus 25.2.2019

She was the best young love
– Alexander Rybak 

An interview with Alexander Rybak and Ingrid Berg Mehus at Barratt Due, where they Saturday 23th February played a concert together. 
Source: paper issue of Dagbladet 26.2.19  and db.no 27.2.19 Text: Amanda Strand Askeland. Photos: Original article photos by Christian Roth Christensen is not use in this post.  Romerikes Blad 25.2.19.
Found by Anastasia Silakova, translated by TessaLa, revised by Anni Jowett. 

Singers, violinists and composers. Ingrid Berg Mehus and Alexander Rybak have a lot in common.

We meet the good friends at the music school Barratt Due, where they both have been students previously. Mehus participates for the first time in the Melodi Grand Prix on Saturday with the song “Feel” which she has written together with her husband Bjørnar Hopland and Anthony Modebe. Continue reading Interview with Alexander Rybak and Ingrid Berg Mehus 25.2.2019

Alexander Rybak interview in VG 06.07.2014

Alexander Rybak and Thomas Værnes tell about their close friendship in the paper issue of VG 06.07.2014

Author: Line Orfjell Photos: Trond Solberg
Found by Ulli Cologne/Venche Mellemstrand. Translated by TessaLa. Revised by Anni Jowett.


Rybak and his best friend helped each other against the bullies at school

Keep in touch: It has been a busy time for Alexander lately. It’s therefore especially good to relax with his best friend at home on the couch. Tonight it’s video games and the World Championship in football on the program. Continue reading Alexander Rybak interview in VG 06.07.2014

Alexander Rybak on NRK after his exam-concert – 7.6. 2012

Alexander Rybak was guest on Norwegian national TV-news after his Bachelor exam in performing violinist.

Source for this interview with Alexander Rybak: NRK.no “Dagsrevyen”.
The post has been updated by TessaLa

Alexander Rybak and Viggo Johansen - interview on NRK Dagsrevyen 2012

Thursday June 7th, Alexander Rybak had his Bachelor exam as performing violinist at Barratt Due Music Institute, and he passed with the top grade “A”.  The Norwegian national TV, NRK , was present and filmed before, during and after his exam. In the evening, he was guest in the news TV-show “Dagsrevyen” and was interviewed by the news host Viggo Johansen. The exam concert can be watched HERE

Recording by Venche M. English translation by Tessa Lande. English revision by Anni Jowett. Subs and Russian translation by Zhanna Sergueeva. Polish translation by Martyna Agnieszka Jasińska. Slovak translation by Danka Čolláková.

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

Christmas at full-speed ahead for Rybak

 Article by Ann Turi Ford. Published on www.amta.no 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

Alexander Rybak in Morgennytt NRK about his Christmas Tour, Norway 25.11.2010

Alexander on the Norwegian morning news program “Morgennytt” on NRK1 talking about his soon starting Christmas Tour “Swinging home for Christmas”.

In addition to the interview you’ll also get some glimpses from the rehearsal for the tour 🙂

(English translation by Laila Solum Hansen, Russian translation, subs and recording by Olina Novikova)

Alexander Rybak and Arve Tellefsen – Interview in “Fredag”, 9.4.2010

An interview on TV2.no published before the broadcast of the talk show “Fredag” with Alexander Rybak and Arve Tellefsen you will find below the video.


(English translation & annotations by Hilde M., Russian translation Irina K., Russian subs by Olina N.)


– They started sending messages to mum and the neighbor.

This happened after Alexander Rybak’s dramatic Facebook message.

Source: tv2.no. 9.4.09. Text: Arne Reginiussen. Translated by TessaLa

After Alexander Rybak posted a message on his Facebook and Twitter profile saying he had got a nervous breakdown and that he hit himself to he started bleeding.

-Dear friends, please stop. Don’t send any messages to me or Kjell Arild right now, I’m deep down. Yesterday I got a nervous breakdown and started hitting the wall till my hands started bleeding. The big guys are after me while you demand the whole world from me. But believe me, everything will go well, Alexander wrote.

– Irrational of me

On questions from the host Stål Talsnes in “Friday” if he met the wall ahead of the message, the artist says:

– I meet the wall every day, and then I break the wall and I move on. But it was a little irrational by me, because there were too many phone calls and messages from everywhere, while I was in a difficult time. And I knew that if I wrote it on Facebook, everyone would get the message : “stop bothering me” says Rybak in the talk show.

– Sent messages to mom

His message worked well.

-It actually worked. There wasn’t a single soul who dared to send me a message the next three weeks, but instead it was many who started sending messages to mum and my neighbor, says Rybak.

– I regret it a bit, you shouldn’t share everything in public, says the artist.

Alexander Rybak in the street-magazine “= Oslo”, January 2010, by Kari Bu.

The street-magazine = Oslo ( erlik Oslo), is sold by – and benefits,  homeless and disadvantaged people in Oslo.

 The January issue had MUSIC as a theme and culture-editor, journalist and web-editor Kari Bu made an interview with Alexander Rybak.

On April 6th, the interview was available on the Internet, with English translation, and Kari Bu  posted the link on Rybak’s Facebook-page. A huge thanks to her and to = Oslo for this interview.

Link to the street-magazine = Oslo in translation: http://translate.google.dk/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=da&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Ferlikoslo.wordpress.com%2F&sl=no&tl=en

Alexander Rybak – “Girls need to be protected from me!”

Kari Bu April 6, 2010 =Oslo (Norway)  – With this year’s Eurovision Song Contest just around the corner, =Oslo catches up with last year’s winner Alexander Rybak. After playing his violin to victory last May with the catchy ‘Fairytales’, the star has shot to European fame. Today, Alexander is a million miles from his childhood in Belarus.

He has gone from being a victim of bullying and performing on the streets to making the semi-finals of Idol and dominating Europe’s annual song contest. But Alexander doesn’t want to let it all go to his head, saying “Even though the public have got a clear picture of me, I’m still searching … It’s about understanding that this is one of the greatest moments of your life, and to keep all the good memories.”  Here, he speaks to =Oslo about his love for music, Michael Jackson and the opposite sex.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak in the street-magazine “= Oslo”, January 2010, by Kari Bu.

Alexander Rybak at Norwegian Embassy in Moscow, 17.05.2009

The day after the great victory in Eurovision 2009, Alexander, his parents and the rest of the NRK crew went to the Norwegian embassy in Moscow to celebrate the Norwegian national day before they were going back to Norway in the evening.

English translation by Tessa La, Russian translation & bilingual subs by Sveta Plyasun