Alexander Rybak Biography
Alexander Igoryevich Rybak (born 13 May 1986) is a Belarusian Norwegian singer-composer, violinist, pianist and actor. Representing Norway in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, Russia, Rybak won the contest with 387 points—the highest tally any country has achieved in the history of Eurovision under the old voting system—with “Fairytale”, a song he wrote and composed.
Rybak was born in Minsk, Belarus, which at that time was the Belarusian SSR in the Soviet Union. When he was 4 years old, he and his family moved to Nesodden, Norway. Rybak was raised in the Orthodox religion. At the age of five, Rybak began to play the piano and the violin. His parents are Natalia Valentinovna Rybak, a classical pianist, and Igor Alexandrovich Rybak, a well-known classical violinist who performs alongside Pinchas Zukerman. He stated “I always liked to entertain and somehow that is my vocation”.Rybak bought a new apartment and lives now at Aker Brygge (Oslo, Norway). Rybak speaks Norwegian, Russian and English fluently, and has performed songs in all three languages. Rybak has also performed in Belarusian and, with Elisabeth Andreassen, in Swedish.
In 2010, several incidents of uncontrolled anger caused commentators to question whether Rybak has an anger control problem. During the trials for the ESC 2010 finals in Bærum, Rybak became so infuriated when a sound technician was not doing what he wanted that he smashed his own hand, breaking his fingers. Also, during trials for Swedish television in June 2010, he smashed his violin on the floor.
His appearance was then cancelled. According to his manager, Kjell Arild Tiltnes, Rybak does not have an issue with aggression. Tiltnes stated that “as long as he abreacts on objects and on himself, I see no reason for this to be something that he needs help dealing with.” Rybak said, “I never raised my voice before, and that’s why I did what I did. I’m just a human being—and perhaps not the glossy image many believe. So it was good to get out frustrations so I could go on. It’s only me that goes beyond the same.”
His debut album, Fairytales, charted in the top 20 in nine European countries, including a No. 1 position in Norway and Russia. Rybak made a return to Eurovision in 2012 and 2016, playing the violin during both interval acts. He represented Norway again in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song “That’s How You Write a Song”.
Alexander Rybak Age
Alexander Igoryevich Rybak was born on 13 May 1986
Alexander Rybak Eurovision
Rybak won the 54th Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, Russia, with a record 387 points, singing “Fairytale”, a song inspired by Norwegian folk music. The song was composed and written by Rybak and was performed with the modern folk dance company Frikar. The song received good reviews with a score of 6 out of 6 in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, and, in an ESCtoday poll, he scored 71.3%, making him the favourite to get into the final.
In the 2009 Norwegian national heats, Rybak achieved a clean sweep, gaining the top score from all nine voting districts and ending with a combined televote and jury score of 747,888, while the runner up, Tone Damli Aaberge, received a combined score of only 121,856 (out of a total population of less than 5 million)
The song then competed in the second semi-final and won the place in the Eurovision final. Rybak later won the Eurovision final with a landslide victory, receiving votes from all the other participating countries. Rybak finished with a total of 387 points, breaking the previous record of 292 points scored by Lordi in 2006 and scoring 169 points more than the runner-up, Iceland.
Alexander Rybak Fairytale
“Fairytale” is a song written and composed by Belarusian-Norwegian violinist/singer Alexander Rybak, and the first single from Rybak’s debut album Fairytales. This song was the winner of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, Russia.
“Fairytale” is about Rybak’s ex-girlfriend Ingrid Berg Mehus whom he got to know through the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.] Rybak has since confirmed this. At a press conference in May 2009 he revealed that the song’s inspiration came from the Huldra, a beautiful female creature from Scandinavian folklore, who lures young men to her, and then may curse them for all time. The Russian-language version of the song is entitled “Skazka”
The song was elected through the Norwegian festival Melodi Grand Prix 2009 on 21 February, winning in the biggest landslide of the contest’s history, and competed against eighteen other Eurovision entries in the second semi-final on 14 May 2009, where it qualified for the final. The final took place on 16 May and the song won with 387 points – a new ESC record. It was Norway’s third Eurovision Song Contest win.
The backing dancers for the Eurovision performance, Sigbjørn Rua, Torkjell Lunde Børsheim and Hallgrim Hansegård, are from the Norwegian dance company Frikar, performing the folk dance halling. The backing singers, Jorunn Hauge and Karianne Kjærnes, wore long pink dresses designed by Norwegian designer Leila Hafzi.
Oah Alexander Rybak
“Oah” is a song by Norwegian singer–songwriter Alexander Rybak. It is the first single released from his second album No Boundaries. It was released on 8 June 2010. Rybak also recorded and released a Russian version of this song called “Strela Amura”
Alexander Rybak Songs
- 5 to 7 Years
- Blant Fjell
- Funny Little World
- I Came to Love You
- I Don’t Believe in Miracles / Superhero
- I’ll Show You (Alexander Rybak and Paula Seling song)
- Into a Fantasy
- Leave Me Alone
- Resan till dig
- Roll with the Wind
- That’s How You Write a Song
- What I Long For
Alexander Rybak Girlfriend
The Eurovision legend has found happiness with the eight years younger Julie Gaarud Holm.
Alexander Rybak Albums
- Fairytales (2009)
- No Boundaries (2010)
- Visa vid vindens ängar (2011)
- Christmas Tales (2012)
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Alexander Rybak Awards
- Winner of “Sparre Olsen – competition for young classical musicians”, in 2000 and 2001.
- Winner of ”Anders Jahres Culture-Award” 2004.
- Winner of TV- talent-competition “Kjempesjansen” 2006.
- Winner of the ”Hedda-Award” to the “Newcomer of the year in Norwegian Theater”, 2007, for the title role in
- ”Fiddler on the Roof” at Oslo Nye Teater.
- Winner of “Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix” 2009, with the highest score of all times.
- Winner of “Eurovision Song Contest” 2009, with the highest score of all times.
- Winner of “Australian Radio Listeners Award” for European musicians, 2009.
- Winner of the “Marcel Bezencon Press Award” at Eurovision 2009.
- Winner of Russian Grammy for ”Newcomer of the year” 2010.
- Winner of Norwegian Grammy-awards: “Spellemann of the Year” 2010.
- Winner of ”International Russian Name Award” in Moscow 2011.
- Winner of ”Countrymen of the Year”. Belarus 2013
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