Alexander Rybak was born in Minsk, Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union. His family emigrated to Norway, when Alexander still was at an early age. He became a student at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo at the age of 10.
As a result of his success in the Eurovision Song Contest, he took a break from his bachelor's degree studies at the institute, but in 2011, he returned to his studies and in June 2012, he graduated from Barratt Due Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance.
Rybak represented Belarus in the 2nd Edition of the Love Wave Contest with his song "Strela Amura".