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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 becomes a Principal of The Royal Ballet from the start of the 2016/17 Season. He joined the Company as a Prix de Lausanne apprentice in 2001 and became an Artist in 2002, 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 and Obsidian Tear.

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

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016

Promotions and joiners have been announced for The Royal Ballet's 2016/17 Season.

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.

Photos

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

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

Ryoichi Hirano and Lara Turk in Les Patineurs, 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 Laura Morera in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano and Melissa Hamilton in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Ryoichi Hirano

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

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

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

Ryoichi Hirano and Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani in Les Patineurs.

Ryoichi Hirano and Marianela Nuñez in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

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

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

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

Melissa Hamilton and Ryoichi Hirano in rehearsals for Raven Girl

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

Ryoichi Hirano and Nathalie Harrison in The Dream

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

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

Ryoichi Hirano in Voluntaries, The Royal Ballet

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

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

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

Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell, Akane Takada, Ryoichi Hirano

Alexander Campbell, Francesca Hayward, Ryoichi Hirano, Akane Takada