HomeFestivals"Mellow season in Odessa Opera House!"III Art Festival "Mellow season in Odessa Opera House!"Guests of the festivalAndrei MERKURIEV


Leading soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre;
Honoured Artist of Russian Federation (2014); 
Honoured Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (2008); 
Laureate of the Russian National Theatrical Award “The Golden Mask” for the best male ballet part (2005); 
Laureate of the Léonide Massine Prize (Positano, Italy, 2008);
2nd Prize winner at the International Competition of Young Ballet Dancers, Kazan (2001);
2nd Prize winner at the ARABESQUE Open Competition of Ballet Dancers of Russia, Perm (2000)

Mr. Merkuriev completed his training at the Ufa Ballet School in 1996.

He was a member of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre Company of the Komi Republic between 1996 and 1997.

The dancer was a soloist with the Saint-Petersburg Mussorgsky Opera and Ballet Theatre between 1997 and 2001 (The Mikhailovsky Theatre).

He joined the Mariinsky State Academic Theatre in 2001. 
Mr. Merkuriev has been working with the Bolshoi Ballet Company since 2006.

The dancer debuted on the drama stage in a choreographic story Poor Lisa by Alla Sigalova to the score of the same name opera by Leonid Desiatnikov where he performed the role of Erast. His partner was Chulpan Khamatova, a Russian celebrity of cinema and theatre.

He has been nominated six times for “The Golden Mask” Award and it is a record number for one person.

The ballet artist has worked with a number of outstanding choreographers, such as Nacho Duato, John Neumeier, Alla Sigalova, Alexei Ratmansky, William Forsythe, Mats Ek and others.

He has performed on the best world’s stages: Grand Opera (“Opera Garnier”) in Paris, Royal Opera Theatre Covent-Garden in London, Metropolitan Opera in New York, John Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Bunka Kayan Center for Performing Arts in Tokyo.

Mr. Merkuriev established a scholarship for students of the Rudolf Nureyev Choreographic College of Bashkiria in 2012. He was the one who founded a special prize “For the reality of Image, Emotional and Expressive Performance” at the Ekaterina Maksimova Ballet Competition ARABESQUE.

The dancer debuts as producing choreographer with the ballet YELL (Krik) after Alexander Zinoviev’s novel Go to Golgotha on the stage of the Odessa Opera in 2014.

In 2016 he became a laureate of the Oles Buzina International Literature and Media Award in the nomination "Civil position".

In 2017 he received a second prize and a silver medal at the Yuri Grigorovich Competition as a choreographer.


    March, 2019