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Fumi Kaneko

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Fumi Kaneko in action.
William Bracewell as the Prince and Fumi Kaneko as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © 2018 ROH. Photograph by Alastair Muir

Japanese dancer Fumi Kaneko is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company during the 2010/11 Season and was promoted to First Artist in 2012, Soloist in 2013 and First Soloist in 2018.

Kaneko trained at the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School, Osaka. She won gold medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition, 2008, and silver medals at the Moscow International Ballet Competition, 2009, and the USA International Ballet Competition, 2010. That year she joined the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet Company, where her roles included Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) and Kitri (Don Quixote).

Kaneko’s repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Kitri, Kitri’s Friend and Queen of the Dryads (Don Quixote), Sugar Plum Fairy and Fairy of the Woodland Glade (The Sleeping Beauty), Gypsy Girl (The Two Pigeons), Moyna (Giselle), pas d’action (Prince of the Pagodas), pas de trois (Swan Lake), Mitzi Caspar (Mayerling) and roles in Viscera, The Four Temperaments, Swan Lake, Sweet Violets, Limen, Infra, ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012),Woolf Works, Asphodel Meadows, Symphony in C and Medusa.

Videos

News and features

Watch: The Nutcracker rehearsal live stream

25 November 2015
Watch: <em>The Nutcracker</em> rehearsal live stream

Watch Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding rehearsing the Christmas favourite via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel.

Watch: Exploring the evolution of ballet pointe work

17 August 2015
Watch: Exploring the evolution of ballet pointe work

Royal Ballet dancers demonstrate the evolution of classical dance technique.

Watch: Dancers demonstrating the evolution of ballet

12 August 2015
Watch: Dancers demonstrating the evolution of ballet

Royal Ballet Soloist Marcelino Sambé performs a selection of terre-à-terre steps as part of a Ballet Evolved Insights session.

Photos

Daniel Camargo as Basilio and Fumi Kaneko as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as the Prince and Fumi Kaneko as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell in Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko in rehearsal for Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson and Fumi Kaneko in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Nicol Edmonds and Fumi Kaneko in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

World Ballet Day 2019, The Sleeping Beauty rehearsal

World Ballet Day 2019, The Sleeping Beauty rehearsal

World Ballet Day 2019, The Sleeping Beauty rehearsal

Fumi Kaneko as a Courtesan in Manon, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko, Anna Rose O'Sullivan, Hannah Grennell and Beatriz Stix-Brunell in Everyone Keeps Me, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko rehearsing during Ballet Studio Live

Yuhui Choe, Fumi Kaneko and Elizabeth Harrod as The Shades in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko as the Gypsy Girl in The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko as Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko as Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko as Hermione and Federico Bonelli as Leontes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko, Yasmine Naghdi and artists of the Royal Ballet in class, World Ballet Day 2018

Fumi Kaneko as the Gypsy Girl in The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae as Romeo with Fumi Kaneko in Romeo and Juliet

Fumi Kaneko as a Swan in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote

William Bracewell as the Prince and Fumi Kaneko as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as the Prince and Fumi Kaneko as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson and Fumi Kaneko in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko, Hannah Grennell and Mica Bradbury in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko rehearsing during Ballet Studio Live

William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko rehearsing during Ballet Studio Live

William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko rehearsing with Gary Avis during Ballet Studio Live