• Honoured Artist of Russia (2009)
• Recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize (2000–2001 season) for “Best role in ballet” for the ballet Sounds of Empty Pages and the role of the Hooligan in the ballet The Young Lady and the Hooligan
Born in Samara.
Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 1995 (class of Vladilen Semyonov).
Joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 1995.
Soloist since 1997.
Giselle (Count Albrecht, Hans); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa,
Le Corsaire (Conrad); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography by Marius Petipa,
La Bayadère (Slave); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani,
The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Charming, Carabosse the Wicked Fairy); choreography by Marius Petipa, revival of the 1890 production,
Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried, von Rothbart); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Raymonda (Abderakhman, Jean de Brienne); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Don Quixote (Espada); choreography by Alexander Gorsky,
The Firebird (Ivan Tsarevich); choreography by Michel Fokine,
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Ghirei, Vaslav); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov,
Spartacus (Spartacus, Harmodius); choreography by Leonid Yakobson,
Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, Tybalt); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky,
The Legend of Love (the Vizier); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich,
Leningrad Symphony (Youth); choreography by Igor Belsky,
The Young Lady and the Hooligan (Hooligan); choreography by Konstantin Boyarsky,
George Balanchine’s ballets Apollo (Apollo), Serenade, Symphony in C (II. Adagio) and La Valse,
Carmen-Suite (José, Torero); choreography by Alberto Alonso,
In the Night (3rd movement); choreography by Jerome Robbins,
Études; choreography by Harald Lander,
Manon (Des Grieux); choreography by Kenneth MacMillan,
The Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince); production by Mihail Chemiakin, choreography by Kirill Simonov,
Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets Le Poème de l’extase, The Little Humpbacked Horse (the Tsar) and Anna Karenina (Karenin),
John Neumeier’s ballets Now and Then and Sounds of Empty Pages,
Aria Suspended (Soloist); choreography by Peter Quanz,
Presentiment of Spring (Yarilo); choreography by Yuri Smekalov
and Errand into the Maze; choreography by Martha Graham.
Repertoire also includes:
Carmen (José); choreography by Roland Petit,
Trois Gnossiennes; choreography by Hans van Manen,
Sapphires; choreography by Georgy Aleksidze
and Walpurgisnacht (Bacchus); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky.
Ilya Kuznetsov is also General Director of the Ilya Kuznetsov Children’s School of Ballet network of dance schools and President of the Promotion and Renaissance of Russian Art charitable foundation.