Rybak was born in the former Soviet Union in BSSR. He and his parents moved to Norway, where he grew up, since the age of four.
Rybak has been playing instruments since the age of five, and he now
plays both violin and piano. His parents are Natalia Valentinovna
Rybak, a famous pianist, and Igor Alexandrovich Rybak, who is a
well-known violinist in Norway. Alexander has stated "I always liked to
entertain and somehow that is my vocation." He lives in Nesodden outside of the Norwegian capital Oslo.
Rybak was awarded the highly respected Anders Jahres Culture Prize in 2004. He entered the Norway's version of Idol reaching the semi final and in 2006 he won the talent competition Kjempesjansen on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) with his own song Foolin’.a-ha's lead singer Morten Harket and Arve Tellefsen. As of 2007, Rybak played the fiddler in Oslo Nye Teater's production Fiddler on the Roof. For this role he won the Heddaprisen. He stars as Levi in the film Yohan directed by Grete Salomonsen, also featuring the noted model and singer Aylar Lie. Alexander Rybak has collaborated with artists like
Alexander Rybak won (with 387 points) the 54th Eurovision in Russia 2009, singing Fairytale, a song inspired by Russian and Norwegian folk music. The song was composed and written by Rybak himself. The song is performed with the modern folk dance company Frikar. The song has received good reviews with a 6 out of 6 from Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet. In an ESCtoday poll he was the lead in a poll with 71.3% to get into the final from the semi he was in.
In the Norwegian preselection Rybak achieved a clean sweep, gaining
the top score of all nine voting districts, ending with a combined
televote and jury score of 747,888, whereas the runner up Tone Damli Aaberge received a combined score of merely 121,856.
The song competed in the second semi-final and won a place in the Eurovision final.
Rybak later went on to win the Eurovision final, even exceeding the
points expected and breaking the previous record of 292 points scored
in 2006, finishing with a grand total of 387 points, 169 more than the
runner up of Iceland and 95 points more than the previous record
Текст (оригинал+перевод) и видео песни Alexander Rybak (Александр Рыбак) - Fairytale (Победитель Евровидения 2009 - Норвегия)