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Andrei Merkuriev

Leading Soloist

Born in Syktyvkar (Komi Republic). In 1996, he completed his training at Ufa Ballet School.
From1996-97, he was a member of the Opera and Ballet Theatre Company of the Komi Republic.
From 1997-2001, he was a soloist with the Saint-Petersburg Mussorgsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet where his repertoire included the following roles:

Espada, Basil
(Don Quixote; choreography by Alexander Gorsky)
Pas de trois, Spanish Dance, Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake; choreography by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov)
Nutcracker Prince (Nutcracker; choreography by Nikolai Boyarchikov)
Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty; choreography Marius Petipa, with the use of choreographic material from the versions of Fyodor Lopukhov, Konstantin Sergeyev, Pyotr Gusev)
Phoebus (Cesare Pugni’s Esmeralda; Nikolai Boyarchikov version after motifs from the choreography of Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa)
Solor (La Bayadere; choreography by Marius Petipa)
Pierre (Ivan Armsheime’s Halte de Cavalerie; choreography by Marius Petipa)
Paris, Valentin (Faust to music by Shndor Kallos; choreography by Nikolai Boyarchikov)
Count Albrecht (Giselle; choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa)
James (Herman Lovenskjold’s La Sylphide; choreography by August Bournonville)

In 2001, he joined the Maryinsky Theatre where he danced the following roles:

Count Albrecht
Espada (Don Quixote, choreography by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky)
Title Role (Petrushka; choreography by Mikhail Fokine)
Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty, reconstruction of the 1890 production)
Vatslav (Boris Asafiev’s The Fountain of Bakhchisaray; choreography by Rotislav Zakharov)
Mercutio, Romeo (Romeo and Juliet; choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky)
Title Role (Sergei Prokofiev’s The Prodigal Son; choreography by George Balanchine)
Soloist (Maurice Ravel’s Waltz; choreography by George Balanchine)
Phlegmatic (The Four Temperaments; choreography by George Balanchine)
De Grieux (Manon; choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan)
Jose (Carmen to music by Georges Bizet; choreography by Roland Petit)
Le Jeune Homme (Le Jeune Homme et la mort; choreography by Roland Petit)
Soloist (Middle Duet to music by Yury Khanon; choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)
Prince (Cinderella; choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)
Soloist (Come in! to music by Vladimir Martynov; choreography by Kirill Simonov)
Artist, Jake (Lulu. Dream of an Anti-star to various music; choreography by Giuliano Pepperini)
Nutcracker Prince (Nutcracker, choreography by Kirill Simonov)
The Young Drosselmeyer (Sergei Slonimsky’s The Magic Nut; choreography Donvena Pandoursky)
Soloist (Spring and Fall to music by Antonin Dvorak; choreography by John Neumeier)
Soloist (Now and Then to music by Maurice Ravel; choreography by John Neumeier)
Soloist (In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated to music by Thom Willems; choreography by William Forsythe)
Soloist (Steptext to music by Thom Willems; choreography by William Forsythe)
Soloist (Reverence to music by Gavin Bryars; choreography by David Dawson)

He was partner to virtually all the Maryinsky Theatre prima ballerinas.


In 2000, he won 2nd prize at the Arabesque Open Competition of Ballet Dancers of Russia, Perm.
In 2001, he won 2nd prize at the International Competition of Young Ballet Dancers, Kazan.
In 2005, he won the Golden Mask National Theatre Prize for his performance in In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.


He regularly participates in international gala concerts, in particular in the Roberto Bolle and his Friends and Vladimir Malakhov and his Friends concert programs.
In a concert, under the aegis of Malakhov (Japan, 2004), he danced the pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (choreography by George Balanchine) with Polina Semionova.
He took part in the traditional Viennese New Year’s (2003) concert (Eggenburg Palace, nr. Graz live TV transmission, choreography by Boris Eifman).
In 2005, he participated in the Svetlana Zakharova Gala Evening at the Bolshoi — partnering the ballerina in Middle Duet.
In 2006, he appeared several times at the Bolshoi Theatre as Jose in Carmen Suite.

In the 2006/07 season, he joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. His debut as Company member was as Yan in Bolt — it was with this performance that the French Bel Air Media Company began filming the ballet.
He rehearses under Viktor Barykin.

Repertory at the Bolshoi

Yan (Dmitry Shostakovich’s Bolt; choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)
Jose (Carmen Suite; choreography by Alberto Alonso)
Miller (The Three-Cornered Hat; choreography by Leonide Massine)
Fisherman (Cesare Pugni’s La Fille du Pharaon; Pierre Lacotte production after Marius Petipa)
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (choreography by George Balanchine)
Soloist (Middle Duet to music by Yuri Khanon; choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)
Pyotr (Dmitry Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream; choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) — role debut took place during the Bolshoi’s Novosibirsk tour

Boris (Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Golden Age; choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)
Prince (Cinderella; choreography by Yuri Posokhov) — role debut took place during the Bolshoi’s Washington tour
Soloist (Philip Glass’ In the Upper Room; choreography by Twyla Tharp) — was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
Soloist (Misericordes to music by Arvo Part; choreography by Christopher Wheeldon)
Toreador (Don Quixote, choreography by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky in a version by Alexei Fadeyechev)
Birbanto (Le Corsaire; choreography by Marius Petipa, production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka)
Class Concert (to music by different composers; choreography by Asaf Messerer)
Count Albrecht (Giselle in a version by Yuri Grigorovich)

James (Herman Levenskiold’s La Sylphide; choreography by August Bournonville in a version by Johan Kobborg)
Jerome (Boris Asfiev’s The Flames of Paris. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky after Vasily Vainonen)
Basilio (Don Quixote),
Couple in Yellow (Russian Seasons. Music by Leonid Desyatnikov, choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) — was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
Ballet Dancer
(The Bright Stream. Music by Dmitry Shostakovich. Alexei Ratmansky production)
— debut on Bolhsoi Theatre’s tour in Japan

Teacher (Georges Delerue’s The Lesson; choreography by Flemming Flindt)
Theta/Chronos (Emiliano Palmieri’s Zakharova Super Game. Choreography by Francesco Ventriglia) — creation
(Spartacus. Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)

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