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Ryoichi Hirano

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Ryoichi Hirano in action.
Ryoichi Hirano in Voluntaries, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

Japanese dancer Ryoichi Hirano is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2002 and was promoted to Soloist in 2009 and First Soloist in 2012. His repertory includes Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Espada and Gamache (Don Quixote), Paris (Romeo and Juliet), Prince Gremin (Onegin), Jean de Brienne (Raymonda Act III), Colonel ‘Bay’ Middleton and lead Hungarian Officer (Mayerling), Prince (The Prince of the Pagodas), Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Robert Wood (Sweet Violets), Benno (Swan Lake) and roles in Gloria, Concerto, Chroma, 'Emeralds' (Jewels), Serenade, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Aeternum. Role creations include in Wayne McGregor’s Infra.

Hirano was born in Osaka, Japan, and trained at the Setsuko Hirano Ballet School. Awards include the 2001 Prix de Lausanne Gold Medal. His other roles with the Company have included white couple (Les Patineurs), Soldier (Different Drummer), Human (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café) and roles in Viscera, Concerto, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Scènes de ballet, pas de trois (Voluntaries) and Cinderella.

Hirano's elder brother Keiichi is a first soloist with the National Ballet of Canada.

News and features

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.

Additional casting confirmed for Don Quixote

Additional casting confirmed for Don Quixote

14 November 2014

Role debuts announced for Carlos Acosta's Royal Ballet production.

Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

17 September 2014

Casts include Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta as Lescaut.

Royal Ballet to perform in Northern Ireland

Royal Ballet to perform in Northern Ireland

25 October 2012

Company to perform in Londonderry as part of City of Culture 2013 celebrations.

Watch: behind-the-scenes with young creatives

Watch: behind-the-scenes with young creatives

9 June 2011

Young choreographer Freya Thomas discusses working with Royal Ballet dancers.

Photos

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Ryoichi Hirano as Prince Gremin in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano and Laura Morera in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano and Melissa Hamilton in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Ryoichi Hirano and Marianela Nuñez in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano in Voluntaries, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Ryoichi Hirano in The Prince of the Pagodas

Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Concerto

Ryoichi Hirano as Espada and members of The Royal Ballet in Don Quixote

Ryoichi Hirano and Nathalie Harrison in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,

Ryoichi Hirano and Nathalie Harrison in The Dream

Elizabeth Harrod and Ryoichi Hirano in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Ryoichi Hirano in The Prince of the Pagodas

Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Concerto

Ryoichi Hirano - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Backstage Access

The Prince of the Pagodas by MacMillan (The Royal Ballet 2012)

Ryoichi Hirano

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Ryoichi Hirano in The Prince of the Pagodas

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Ryoichi Hirano as Prince Gremin in Onegin

Melissa Hamilton and Ryoichi Hirano in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Ryoichi Hirano and Lara Turk in Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano and Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani in Les Patineurs.

Ryoichi Hirano and Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani as the White Couple in Les Patineurs.

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Ryoichi Hirano in The Prince of the Pagodas

Laura McCulloch, Ryoichi Hirano and Johannes Stepanek in the Arabian dance, The Nutcracker,

Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Concerto