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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 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.

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News and features

Cast Changes: Casting announced for Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Giselle

Cast Changes: Casting announced for Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Giselle

21 August 2015

Replacements confirmed for previously scheduled performances by Rupert Pennefather.

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.

Photos

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

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

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

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

Melissa Hamilton and Ryoichi Hirano in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Ryoichi Hirano and Nathalie Harrison in The Dream

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

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

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

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

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

Ryoichi Hirano in Voluntaries, The Royal Ballet

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

Ryoichi Hirano and Marianela Nuñez in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

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

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

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Concerto

Ryoichi Hirano and Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani in Les Patineurs.

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

Ryoichi Hirano and Melissa Hamilton in rehearsals for Raven Girl

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

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

Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Concerto

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Ryoichi Hirano

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