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Ryoichi Hirano

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Ryoichi Hirano in action.
Ryoichi Hirano as Espada and members of The Royal Ballet in Don Quixote © ROH.Johan Persson 2013

Japanese dancer Ryoichi Hirano is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2002 and was promoted to First Artist in 2007, Soloist in 2008 and First Soloist in 2012. His repertory includes Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Espada and Gamache (Don Quixote), Albrecht (Giselle), Tybalt and Paris (Romeo and Juliet), Prince Gremin (Onegin), Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale), 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), the Creature (Frankenstein), Benno (Swan Lake), Fate (Carmen), Gypsy Girl’s Lover (The Two Pigeons) and roles in Song of the Earth, 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 Royal Ballet 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 was a first soloist with the National Ballet of Canada until his retirement from the company in 2015.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Beatriz Stix-Brunell on <em>Raven Girl</em>

Watch: Beatriz Stix-Brunell on Raven Girl

12 October 2015

The Royal Ballet Soloist is relishing performing in Wayne McGregor's fairytale-inspired ballet.

Watch: World Ballet Day 2015 on demand

Watch: World Ballet Day 2015 on demand

2 October 2015

Five hours of rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes insights from The Royal Ballet.

Watch: <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> rehearsal live-streamed on 11 September 2015

Watch: Romeo and Juliet rehearsal live-streamed on 11 September 2015

9 September 2015

Insights event features Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano rehearsing a pas de deux, and Alexander Campbell being coached through Mercutio's solos.

Photos

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 as Albrecht and Sarah Lamb as Giselle in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

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 as the Gypsy Girl's Lover in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera as the Gypsy Girl and Ryoichi Hirano as her Lover in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as Paris and Sarah Lamb as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

Gary Avis as Ugly Sister and Ryoichi Hirano as Suitor in Cinderella, The Royal Ballet

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

Ryoichi Hirano and Melissa Hamilton in rehearsals for Raven Girl

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

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Ryoichi Hirano

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

Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Concerto

Ryoichi Hirano, Lauren Cuthbertson, and Edward Watson in Song of The Earth

Sarah Lamb as Giselle and Ryoichi Hirano as Albrecht in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano and Marianela Nuñez in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano and Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani in Les Patineurs.

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

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

Melissa Hamilton and Ryoichi Hirano in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Ryoichi Hirano and Nathalie Harrison in The Dream

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

Ryoichi Hirano, Lauren Cuthbertson, and Edward Watson in Song of The Earth

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

Tierney Heap and Ryoichi Hirano in DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as the Creature in rehearsal for Frankenstein, The Royal Ballet