9 April 2017
Denis Matvienko immediately showed his noble skills in his unbelievably high and always elegant and always reckless leaps, furnishing them with a proportionate share of performance charm.
A super-virtuoso who turns out eight pirouettes with ease, and a real macho who displays impassioned fervour.
Dnyom za dnyom
• Prize-winner at the IV International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg (Grand Prix, 1997)
• Prize-winner at the III International Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Competition in Budapest (Grand Prix, 1998)
• Prize-winner at the III International Contemporary and Classical Choreography Competition (Gold Medal and Vaslav Nijinsky Prize, Nagoya, Japan, 1999)
• Prize-winner at the Х International Moscow Ballet and Choreography Competition (Grand Prix; Moscow, 2005)
• Recipient of the Spirit of Dance prize in the category “Star” (2008)
• Recipient of the lapel pin of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan “For achievements in culture” (2009)
Born in Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine).
In 1997 he graduated from the Kiev State school of Dance (class of Valery Parsegov).
As a graduation class student he made his debut at the National Opera of Ukraine in the ballet The Sleeping Beauty as Prince Désiré.
From 1997 to 2001 he was a soloist with the Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine (Kiev).
From 2001-2002 he was a soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre, where from 2009-2012 and from 2014-2015 he was a principal dancer.
From 2003-2007 he was a principal dancer with the National Opera of Ukraine.
From 2007-2009 he was a principal dancer with the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
From 2011-2013 he was Artistic Director of the ballet company of the Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine (Kiev).
Guest Soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre from 2013-2014 and from April 2015.
As a guest principal dancer he has appeared at the New National Theatre in Tokyo (2002), the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (since 2005), the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (since 2007) and the Opéra de Paris (since 2007).
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
La Sylphide (James); choreography by August Bournonville, revised version by Elsa-Marianne von Rosen,
Giselle (Count Albrecht); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa,
La Bayadère (Solor); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani,
Swan Lake (Siegfried); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Le Corsaire (Ali); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography of Marius Petipa,
Don Quixote (Basilio); choreography by Alexander Gorsky after motifs of the ballet by Marius Petipa,
George Balanchine’s ballets Jewels (Emeralds), Theme and Variations, Symphony in C (I. Allegro vivo) and Tarantella,
Romeo and Juliet (Romeo); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky,
Shurale (Ali-Batyr); choreography by Leonid Yakobson,
Carmen-Suite (Torero); choreography by Alberto Alonso,
In the Night; choreography by Jerome Robbins,
Études; choreography by Harald Lander,
Grand pas classique; choreography by Viktor Gzovsky,
Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets Cinderella (the Prince) and The Little Humpbacked Horse (Ivan the Fool),
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; choreography by William Forsythe,
Ondine (Matteo); choreography by Pierre Lacotte,
and Without; choreography by Benjamin Millepied.
He was the first performer of the role of Ali-Batyr in the 2009 revival of Leonid Yakobson’s ballet Shurale (2009).
Repertoire also includes:
Le Corsaire (Conrad), The Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince), La Fille mal gardée (Colas), Raymonda (Jean de Brienne), Don Quixote (Basilio; choreography by Rudolf Nureyev), Chopiniana (choreography by Michel Fokine), Prodigal Son (the Prodigal; choreography by George Balanchine), Carmen-Suite (José; choreography by Alberto Alonso), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Manon (Des Grieux; choreography by Kenneth MacMillan), The Three Musketeers (d’Artagnan), The Lady of the Camellias (Armand; choreography by Asami Maki), The Golden Age (Boris), Spartacus (Spartacus; choreography by Yuri Grigorovich), Spartacus (Spartacus; choreography by Georgy Kovtun), Radio and Juliet and The Murmur (choreography by Edward Clug) and the Adagio from the ballet Proust, ou les intermittences du cœur (choreography by Roland Petit).