Alexander turned out to be so far from his motherland due to his father. in 1990, at the age of 36, having left his wife Nataliya with little Sasha, the father had all of a sudden decided not to return from a tour to his native Belorus. he had only a violin and a suitcase with clothes.
from another point of view Igor's decision could seem strange.He had a loving family, a loving job, a pair of rooms in a communal flat. as it is said, he lived no worse than the rest.
but in those times things on the Motherland went bad. rather good wages were reduced by inflation. In 3 years afer coming to Norway Igor and Natalya managed to buy 3 storyed house in a suburb of Oslo-Nessoden.
Practicing the violin Alexander started in Minsk with his cousins of the parents. and when he was brought in Oslo he continued with his dad.
sasha was a capable pupil, but as other boys he didn't want to play the violin for hours but instead play fottball in the street. " when my fiddle stick broken i rejoiced over it, although didn't show it anyhow. Coz while the fiddle stick was being resored i got 3 days of freedom!-smiles Sasha.- the parents of course knew for what I had an inclination, but always said that i would thank them soon for my "torture". and now i am really thankful to them for everything!"
although the singer learnt the language soon and studied good, the problems started at school. "I was not a bad guy, wasn't agressive, on the contrary , i tried to be a norweigian and spoke with a smile on my face. i had the biggest smile at school.But in my childhood i was jeered at because i didn't rush to play football but play the violin. But i didn't bear offends. When a child, i was really dangerous because always wanted to win the fight. I didn;t care how old was my opponent, what was his weight. I never surrendered.
and at the age of 12 i calmed down.i found the way to stop the conflict, not to fight. To give way to the emotions i don't hit a man , i ...pound on the wall. and anger goes away.
Upon the whole, i the whole life "swim against the current", because nobody believed in my ideas except my parents. for example , i always agued with my violonist teacher. they taught me: "No, it should be played another way, Bethoven is performed another way." But i didn't care how it should be. i wanted to do it my way, because of my stubborness. i just didn't understand why should i repeat even the best version instead of searching something mine .
thus i irritated the teachers greatly but they irriteted me even more.although i had the best marks and always won classical contests.
and when i began to sing nobody supported me. but i don't think myself to be a singer, i never took vocal lessons. and you yourself hear that i am not such a good singer. and i wrote my Fairytale proceed from my vocal possibilities. but for me the voice isn't the main but the opportunity to tell someting to people. i am a storyteller who tells someting to people with the help of the voice, violin and piano."
when Rybak decided to participate in NOrwegian Idol , he was told at once:"play classic, you are pro at it!" but he declared that he would play...jazz. he was dissuading sort of:"don't be a fool, you'll lose!" but he went his way and won.
then Sashe applied for Norwegian tour of eurovision. and he had to listen to neverending objections: sort of this contest is nonsense , a student of a consevatoire has no bussiness there. his song was critisized. if participate then with jazz. and he objected: i don't care, i don't want jazz, i will sing my fairytale. And then Sasha spent a lot of time standing up for dancers neccesity...
"I argue not because i like doing this. i just feel where is my way. it would be better if people supported my ideas, but what if they are not accepted? i hate arguaing, i try being a soft-hearted man. you see, i always smile, but i always persist in my opinion.
I was suggested to play the lead part in one play about the most famoust norwegian violonist- ULL BULL. next year there will be great celebrations about 200 years since his birth. and again i have my own creative idea- instead of the play make a film.
i very often go against show-bussiness laws.because money has never been the most important thing in life. even when i got it i spent it in a silly way.
recently my menagers without my knowing canceled a concert in Sweden because Germany paid more. i learnt about it out of a newspaper and was furious-how can they decieve the publicty?! it doen't matter how much money the offer, you can't act so.
Nowadays too many people think about bussiness, money. and advise me to be more self-seeking. i am not going to life only for the sake of money. i believe in a disinterested friendship and in that music helps people to live."
in the coming Sasha's plans there are concerts in his native Belorus. right after the winning in eurovision rybak was invited in Minsk.there he sang KUPALINKA which the mother sang to him when he was little. the audience apploaded so hard that Sasha was about to cry.
" I have not been to my Motherland since i was 7. even couldn't come for my grandfather's funaral. and on coming back i remembered a lot of things:Gorky park, circus,how dad drove me in a boat. especially i remember dacha in a place LESHNI - how we baked potatoes, ate kolduni. and these days i am going to Vitebsk to sing on "Slavyansky bazar", and will see my grandmother Mariya that lives here..
and of course i 'd like to come on tour in russia.!>
the rest you know