Alexander Rybak – bright singer
Alexander Rybak is a Norwegian singer, composer, violinist, pianist, writer, and actor. In the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow he represented Norway and took the first prize. For the contest he wrote and composed the song Fairytale. The song was performed together with the modern folk dance company Frikar.
Alexander Igorovich Rybak was born on May 13, 1986 in Minsk, Soviet Union. When he was 9 years old, he and his family moved to Norway. At the age of five, Rybak began to play the piano. His parents are musicians – Natallia Valiantsinauna Rybak, a classical pianist, and Ihar Aliaksandravich Rybak, a well-known classical violinist.
At the age of 10 he entered the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.
In 2004, Rybak was awarded the Anders Jahre Culture Prize.
In 2005, he entered the Norwegian version of Idol, reaching the semifinal.
Together with his father, Alexander worked as a musician in the Norwegian musical by M. Harket, lead singer of the band A-ha. Alexander toured in Europe, America and China with this musical.
In 2006 Rybak won Kjempesjansen, a talent competition hosted by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, with his own song Foolin.
He worked as a concertmaster in Norway’s largest symphony orchestra Ung Symfoni.
In December 2009 Alexander took part in the program Star Factory in Ukraine (New TV channel).
Rybak played the fiddler in Oslo Nye Teater’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and won the Hedda Award for this role. He also stars as Levi in the film “Yohan” directed by Grete Salomonsen.
His idols in the music are Mozart, The Beatles and Sting.
In 2014 Rybak wrote a song for the Eurovision Song Contest – Still Here for Franklin Galleja from Malta.
In 2015 he participated in the Russian TV show Exactly The Same, where he took the second place in the final.