• Prize-winner at international ballet competitions in Rome (1st
prize, 2008), Moscow (2nd
prize, 2009), Seoul (2nd
prize, 2009), Jackson (2nd
prize, 2010) and Varna (1st
• Grand Prix at the Arabesque international ballet competition (Perm, 2012)
• Grand Prix at the Youth America Grand Prix international competition (New York, 2012)
Born in Seoul.
Graduated from the Korea National University of Arts (class of Vladimir Kim and Margarita Kulik). For several seasons he was a trainee with the Mariinsky Ballet. At the Mariinsky Theatre he made his debut as Ali in the ballet Le Corsaire (coached by Viktor Baranov).
Since July 2012 he has been a First Soloist with the Mariinsky Ballet.
Giselle (Classical Duet); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa,
La Bayadère (Solor, Golden Idol); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani (Dance of the Golden Idol choreographed by Nikolai Zubkovsky),
Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Don Quixote (Basilio); choreography by Alexander Gorsky,
the Diane and Actéon Pas de Deux from the ballet La Esmeralda (Actéon); choreography by Agrippina Vaganova;
George Balanchine's ballets Jewels (Rubies) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pas de deux from Act II),
Le Corsaire (Ali); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography of Marius Petipa,
Études; choreography by Harald Lander,
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; choreography by William Forsythe,
and Concerto DSCH; choreography by Alexei Ratmansky.