NORWAY – Alexander’s first performance after his surgery, is a performance, of his favorite Norwegian song “Sommernatt Ved Fjorden”, written by Ketil Bjørnstad. 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.” (source: www.wikipedia.org)