• People’s Artist of the USSR (1976)
• People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1970)
• Recipient of the medal of the order For Services to the Fatherland, 2nd class
• Recipient of the Vaslav Nijinsky Prize (Paris, 1965)
• Prize-winner at the International Ballet Competition in Varna (1964)
Born in Leningrad.
Graduated from the Leningrad School of Dance in 1956 (class of Feya Balabina). From 1956-1988 at the Leningrad Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet he performed lead roles in the ballets Giselle (Albrecht, Classical Pas de deux), Raymonda (Jean de Brienne), Swan Lake (Siegfried), La Bayadère (Solor), The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré, the Blue Bird), The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Vaslav), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, Mercutio, Paris) and Leonid Yakobson’s choreographic miniatures Eternal Spring and Les Patineurs. First performer of the role of Roderigo in Vakhtang Chabukiani’s ballet Othello.
Having graduated from the choreography department of the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1977 (class of Konstantin Sergeyev), from 1984-1989 he taught the Art of the Choreographer course there. Staged the one-act ballets Coriolanus to music by Ludwig van Beethoven (the Leningrad Chamber Ballet directed by Pyotr Gusev, 1966), Classical Symphony (the Leningrad Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, 1977) and several concert works.
With the Ballet Manila (Philippines), in addition to a concert programme presented in 1996 he has staged his own versions of La Fille mal gardée (1998) and Romeo and Juliet (2001).
On numerous occasions he has given master-classes in Jackson (USA), Nagoya (Japan), Helsinki (Finland) and Athens (Greece).
With the Swedish Royal Ballet in 2000 he acted as an assistant on a production of Giselle.
Since 1998 he has been a ballet master and coach at the Mariinsky Theatre, working with Vitaly Amelishko, Alexander Romanchikov and Yaroslav Pushkov.