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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 (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) and roles in Gloria, Concerto, Chroma, 'Emeralds' (Jewels), Serenade and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse. He created a role 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

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

Ryoichi Hirano and Nathalie Harrison in The Dream, The Royal Ballet, © ROH . Bill Cooper 2014

Ryoichi Hirano and Nathalie Harrison in The Dream © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Ryoichi Hirano and Marianela Nuñez in Serenade, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Ryoichi Hirano in The Prince of the Pagodas © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Ryoichi Hirano in The Prince of the Pagodas © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Ryoichi Hirano in The Prince of the Pagodas © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

Laura McCulloch, Ryoichi Hirano and Johannes Stepanek in the Arabian dance, The Nutcracker, ©Johan Persson/ROH 2010

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera. © Andrej Uspenski / ROH 2012

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera. © Andrej Uspenski / ROH 2012

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera. © Andrej Uspenski / ROH 2012

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera. © Andrej Uspenski / ROH 2012

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera. © Andrej Uspenski / ROH 2012

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Ryoichi Hirano in The Prince of the Pagodas © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

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

Beatriz Stix-Brunell in The Prince of the Pagodas © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

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

Elizabeth Harrod and Ryoichi Hirano in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

Ryoichi Hirano - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Backstage Access © ROH 2011

Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Concerto © Johan Persson/ROH 2010

Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Concerto © Johan Persson/ROH 2010

Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Concerto © Johan Persson/ROH 2010

Ryoichi Hirano and Lara Turk in Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

Ryoichi Hirano and Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani in Les Patineurs. © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2009

Ryoichi Hirano and Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani as the White Couple in Les Patineurs. © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2009

Ryoichi Hirano