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“Midtvinterdansen” and orchestra seminar Verdalen 07.02.2015

Two articles about the orchestra seminar and concert at “Midtvinterdans” in Verdalen.


Underline to featured picture: FAIRYTALE: Alexander Rybak was the main attraction at the  concert of “Midtvinterdans” on Saturday night. The experienced charmer enjoyed himself together with children and teenagers, and the audience got a tremendous version of his “Fairytale”. 

Published in paper issue of Trønderavisa 09.02.2015.                                    Author and photo: Tommy Leonhardsen                                                                Found and translate by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Anny Jowett.

Alexander Rybak was the main attraction at the annual Midwinter Dance in Verdal.
Almost 280 children and teenagers got to perform together with their idol on his popular Fairytale in a sold out venue in Verdal.  Continue reading “Midtvinterdansen” and orchestra seminar Verdalen 07.02.2015

Alexander Rybak – host in the radio programme “Min Favorittmusikk” on NRK classic 16.10.2014

klassisk 2Alexander Rybak is one of the regular hosts on the radio programme “Min Favorittmusikk” (My Favourite Music) on NRK Classic. Thursday the 16th of October he had invited one of his teachers from Barratt Due, Henning Kraggerud, who is a well known violinist. You can read more about Henning Kreggerud on Wikipedia here.

For those of you who don’t understand Norwegian, we have made a video with English translation so you all can enjoy Alexander as a host telling us many interesting things about classical music and himself. Enjoy 🙂 Continue reading Alexander Rybak — host in the radio programme “Min Favorittmusikk” on NRK classic 16.10.2014

Alexander Rybak played 2 concerts with the Young String orchestra SOFORK


It was a special experience to play together with Alexander Rybak during the weekend, first at a concert in Førde on Saturday, then at Trivselshagen on Sunday. Alexander Rybak charmed the audience. “I hope to return,”- he said.

Great to be able to play with Rybak

“It was great being able to play together with Alexander Rybak. He is very capable.” says Gunhild Nesgård (11). Together with young strings from the county she joined the New Year concert of Sogn and Fjordane Symphony Orchestra this weekend where the famous Eurovision winner was soloist. Continue reading Alexander Rybak played 2 concerts with the Young String orchestra SOFORK

Videos: Alexander Rybak performs a classical concert in Lithuania

On September 11th Alexander Rybak, accompanied by pianist Stefan Zlatanos (Norway) and the Christopher Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania), performed a classical concert in Vilnius Picture Gallery as a closing part of the annual Christopher Summer Festival.

Thanks a lot to a brave Lithuanian facebookie Erika Jasiūnienė, who filmed the whole concert for us! Enjoy! 🙂

Part 1.

“Dagdrøm” by Alexander Rybak

“Clair de lune” by Claude Debussy

“Summer” from “Four seasons” by AntonioVivaldi

Continue reading Videos: Alexander Rybak performs a classical concert in Lithuania

Videos: Alexander Rybak played classical concert at Vigeland’s Museum

Alexander performed at the outdoor concert in the courtyard of the Vigeland Museum in Oslo on August 18th together with pianist Stefan Zlatanos and a young violinist  Inga Våga Gaustad as a guest-artist.

Here is a full playlist of videos, made by the facebookies who attended this concert. Videos are listed in the order the pieces were performed.

 “Liebesleid”  by  Fritz Kreisler

recording by Tessa Lande

“It aint necessarily so” from the opera  “Porgy and Bess “by George Gershwin (arranged for violin by Jascha Heifetz)

recording by Tessa Lande

Continue reading Videos: Alexander Rybak played classical concert at Vigeland’s Museum

Article about collaboration between Alexander Rybak and Marija Šerifović

Article published on www.novosti.rs on June 7, 2013

Author: S. Dobrosavljević

Found by Ulli C. Translated by Karolina Pavlov. English revising by Katie Anderson.


Alexander Rybak is a guest on Marija Šerifović’s album

Norwegian singer, Alexander Rybak, stayed in Belgrade the last few days, regarding a collaboration with Marija Šerifović. This 27-year-old violinist and singer, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow in 2009, recorded a song with the Serbian singer which will be released on her studio album. Even though everyone expected the ex-Eurovision winners to cross voices, Rybak will only perform as a violinist.

Continue reading Article about collaboration between Alexander Rybak and Marija Šerifović

Alexander Rybak will perform at Christopher Summer Festival in Lithuania!

Link to the source.

Found and translated by Erika Jasiūnienė. English revision by Katie Anderson.


Alexander Rybak, a violin Fairytale

August 31, Saturday, 20:00
At the Vilnius picture gallery courtyard
(Address: Didžioji g. 4, Vilnius)

The powerful musical intrigue


The Concert is organized with the Norwegian Embassy.

The soloist, Alexander Rybak (violin, Norway) with the Vilnius City municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, and conductor Donatas Katkus.

At the Christopher summer festival – powerful musical intrigue!
The charismatic Alexander Rybak will appear with the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Donatas Katkus.

The popular singer, who became famous after an impressive Eurovision contest, will make his first appearance in Lithuania as a serious musical performer. This side of his activity is not as well known, but in Alexander Rybak’s life the violin takes an extremely important role – the musician has played the violin from the age of five. He started to sing, he admits, to attract the attention of girls…

And how much he compels your attention solely with the violin, you will only find out  in this concert!

Ticket prices: 32-102 Lt
Tickets can be purchase at

Exclusive Alexander Rybak’s interview for Poplight

 Alexander Rybak: “The hardest thing in life is to make something simple”

Source: Poplight. Published  2013-02-15

Written by  Jesper Lindqvist. Pictures by Roger Larsson

Translation by Tessa Lande. Revision by Ingegerd Claesson & Anni Jowett

He came from nowhere in 2009 and took Europe by storm when his super hit “Fairytale” won the Eurovision Song Contest. Now, Alexander Rybak, tells in an exclusive interview for Poplight, his opinion of what is good music and about his plans for the future. – My dream for the future is to settle down and just write songs, Alexander Rybak says.

Alexander Rybak is currently in Skellefteå for the weekend to give two concerts together with string students from music schools in Skellefteå, Umeå and Lycksele. The music school in Skellefteå has arranged this in connection with its 50 years anniversary.
Poplight met the Norwegian violinist, and artist, after a practicing session with the students.

Continue reading Exclusive Alexander Rybak’s interview for Poplight

Alexander Rybak’s exam concert at Barratt Due. 07.06.2012

Alexander Rybak’s violin exam for bachelor degree in Barratt Due Music Institute.

Photo from nrk.no

Alexander Rybak’s exam was held in a small concert hall at Barratt Dues Music Institute and only a few people was lucky to get a ticket to this great moment. Luckily it was streamed live by the Norwegian news paper VG, and we can therefore provide you the whole concert. 🙂

After the concert he was interviewed on national TV. You can watch that interview HERE

On piano: Gunnar Flagstad

Recording by Venche M. English translation by Laila S.H. Subs by Julia B. Russian translation by Zhanna Sergueeva. Polish translation by Klaudia Jasińska. Croatian translation by Karolina Pavlov. Slovak translation by Danka Čolláková. Turkish translation by Tülay Aydın.

List of played pieces:

Johann Sebastian Bach: “Chaconne” (from Partita no 2 in D minor for solo violin)
Franz Schubert: “Rondo Brilliant”
Claude Debussy: “Clair de Lune
Francois Schubert: “The Bee
Johannes Brahms: “Hungarian Dance No 5
Bjarne Brustad: «Natur og Hulder» (from “Eventyrsuite” for solo violin)
Alexander Rybak: «Dagdrøm»
Trad: “Hungarian Suite” (Hungarian Rhapsody)
Antonio Bazzini: “La Ronde de Lutins” (“Dance of the Goblins”) + ABBA’s “Money Money” & Jerry Lee Lewis: “Great Balls of Fire” 01:05:02
Dick Finch / Jack Little / Tommie Malie: “Jealous”

Fishing with Sam. Animated short film by Atle S. Blakseth 2009.

Violin: Alexander Rybak

Written, Produced and Directed by Atle S. Blakseth
Music composed by Gaute Storaas
Guitar Per Einar Watle & Christian Larssen
Bass Kjetil Aasen
Violin Alexander Rybak
Sound mix Bent Holm / Chimney pot
BG Consepts by Joachim Barrum

Found by Claire Lefevre and May Elisabeth Nipen

The film won the following international awards:

2009- Giffoni Int. Film Festival, Italy: Best Short Film in the ELEMENTS +6 SECTION
2009 -Bergen Animasjonsfestival: Stromboli Award for Best Short Film
2009- Olympia Int. festival for Children and Young People, Greece: Children’s jury Award for Best Short Animation Film
2010 – 22ème Festival du Court Métrage pour Jeune Public, Stains, France: Best film for Children, age 5-8 years
2010 – 28th Ciné-Jeune International film festival Saint-Quentin. Best short film age 3-7.

Link to the homepage of Atle S. Blakseth, where more of his productions can be seen. http://www.atle3d.com/fishing-with-sam.html


Alexander Rybak – Interview in the German magazine “Centaur” (2009)

The success route of Alexander the Great

Translated by Anglesina Est English revision by Anni Jowett

Yes, the name conqueror suits him right! With his song “Fairytale”, which he introduced in May at the ESC, the whole of Europe was captured within 3 minutes. Such a clear victory hasn’t been taken by any other artist before!

Centaur: You arrived today from Minsk in Belarus to Berlin to rehearse for a TV show. You were born in Minsk, but you live near to Oslo since you were 4. Did you recognise your place of birth at all?

Alexander Rybak: I remember the park, the lake and the town. I still like it, today I think, it is even more beautiful. My family was not wealthy, rather poor. We lived in just a little apartment.

C: Do you still feel at home in Minsk?

A.R.: A little, and I also speak Russian. But today I feel at home everywhere around Europe .

C: How did it happen, that you came from there to Norway?

A.R.: My dad is a classical violinist and that time back then he received an engagement from an orchestra in Norway. A wealthy Norwegian family supported him in the beginning  overseas because he was very talented. My mother worked this time as a journalist at the television station in Minsk. Two years later my dad brought us both over.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Interview in the German magazine “Centaur” (2009)

Some old videos of Alexander Rybak, now with Subtitles


1. “Prelude from Moscow”, NRK documentary 16.05.2009
2. Performance at a press-conference in Norway. 28.05.2009
3. Interview at a Croatian TV program, Summer 2009
4. NRK on Alexander’s concert in Mausund. 05.07.2009
5. With Thomas Stanghelle and their families – Kristiansand 29.07.2009
6. Interview at NRK regarding the Nobel Peace Concert, 11.12.2009

Continue reading Some old videos of Alexander Rybak, now with Subtitles

“Rybak-fever takes her to Norway” A Swedish Radio Interview about Alexander Rybak – 18.9.2011

Three musicians from Lycksele have been invited to play alongside Alexander Rybak, the Norwegian winner of the Eurovision Song Contest from 2 years ago, at a course in Mo i Rana. The invitation was initially received by Siw Burman, a music teacher and national folk musician from Lycksele. In October, Siw will be travelling together with two young violinists, and it won’t be the first time they’ve collaborated with musicians from different parts of the world. The question that stands is: is it Siw or Alexander who will have the most to learn from this experience?

P4-Morning also states that they wonder what the whole “Rybak-effect” is about.

For the source, click here. Found and English translation by Mary Ann Hansson. Recording and subtitles by Yannis Pap. Translation of the accompanying article by Marianne Saietz. Russian by Sonya Luzina.
Revision by Bita