Choreographer and director Andrei Merkuriev
Andrei Merkuriev: star of Russian and world ballet, leading soloist of the Bolshoi ballet, honored artist of the Russian Federation and of the Republic of North Ossetia – Alanya, laureate of the national “Golden mask” theatre award, laureate of the Leonid Myasin award (Positano, Italy), second prize at the Kazan International dance competition, laureate of the “Arabesque” dance award (Perm).
Born in Syktyvkar (Komi Republic), Andrei Merkuriev’s ballet birth place is Bashkiria, where he graduates from Ufa Ballet School. In 1996-97 he is engaged at the state opera of the Komi Republic .
In 1997-2001 he is soloist of the ballet troupe of the academic Michalowski Theatre. His repertoire at that time: Espada, Basil (Don Quixote), Pas de trois, Spanish Dance, Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Nutcracker Prince (Nutcracker), Prince Désiré (The Sleeping Beauty), Phoebus (Esmeralda), Solor (La Bayadère), Pierre (Halte de Cavalerie), Paris, Valentin (Faust), Count Albrecht (Giselle), James (La Sylphide).
In 2001, he joins the Maryinsky Theatre where he interprets following roles: Count Albrecht (Giselle), Espada (Don Quixote), Title Role (Petrushka), Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty), Vatslav (The Fountain of Bakhchisaray), Mercutio, Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Title Role (The Prodigal Son), Soloist (Maurice Ravel’s Waltz), Phlegmatic (The Four Temperaments), Des Grieux (Manon), José (Carmen), Le Jeune Homme (Le Jeune Homme et la mort), Soloist (Middle Duet), Prince (Cinderella), Soloist (Come in!), Artist, Jake (Lulu. Dream of an Anti-star), Nutcracker Prince (Nutcracker), The Young Drosselmeyer (The Magic Nut), Soloist (Spring and Fall), Soloist (Now and Then), Soloist (In the Middle), Soloist (Steptext), Soloist (Reverence).
In the 2006/07 season, he follows a call to the Bolshoi Ballet Company. His repertory at the Bolshoi: Yan (Bolt), José (Carmen Suite), Miller (The Three-Cornered Hat), Fisherman (La Fille du Pharaon), Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (choreography by George Balanchine), Soloist (Middle Duet), Pyotr (The Bright Stream), Boris (The Golden Age), Prince (Cinderella), Soloist (In the Upper Room), Soloist (Misericordes), Toreador (Don Quixote), Birbanto (Le Corsaire), Class Concert (music by different composers), Count Albrecht (Giselle), James (La Sylphide), Jerôme (The Flames of Paris), Basilio (Don Quixote), Couple in Yellow (Russian Seasons), Ballet Dancer (The Bright Stream), Teacher (The Lesson), Theta/ Chronos (Zakharova Super Game), Crassus (Spartacus), Petrushka (Petrushka), leading role (Rubies, II part ballet Jewels), Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker), Lucien (Lost Illusions), Party in the ballet (Remanso), Student, Peter Leontievich (Annie), embryos, bidet, pedestrians, waltz (Apartment), Pepinelli (Marco Spada), Monsieur Duval (The Lady of the Camelias).
In 2009 he makes his debut in the role of Erast at the Drama theatre in “Poor Lisa”, a choreographically staged novella directed by Alla Sigalova. The music is composed by Leonid Desyatnikov. His partner is Chulpan Khamatova, a Russian cinema and theatre star.
Andrei Merkuriev is always there where the there is the best Russian choreography. He has worked with such outstanding and famous choreographers as Nacho Duato, John Neumeyer, Alla Sigalova, William Forsythe, Mats Ek etc.
He is well known in the leading theaters of the world: Opéra de Paris, Covent Garden, MET, Washington Center for performing Arts, Tokyo center for performing Arts Bnuka Kaikan Hall.
In 2012 Andrei Merkuriev establishes a nominal grant for the students of the Nureyev choreographical school of Bashkiria, timed to the 25th anniversary of its foundation and the 70th anniversary of great Rudolf Nureyev. He also establishes a nominal prize “For the truthful image, emotionality and expression» at the International Ekaterina Maksimova ballet competition, better known as “Arabesque”.