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Ryoichi Hirano

Principal 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 Principal of The Royal Ballet. 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, First Soloist in 2012 and Principal in 2016.

Hirano was born in Osaka and trained at Setsuko Hirano Ballet School. Awards include the 2001 Prix de Lausanne Gold Medal. His repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Leontes and Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale), Espada and Gamache (Don Quixote), Tybalt, Paris and Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Prince Gremin (Onegin), Jean de Brienne (Raymonda Act III), Colonel ‘Bay’ Middleton and Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Prince (The Prince of the Pagodas, The Nutcracker), Rasputin and Officer (Anastasia), Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Robert Wood (Sweet Violets), Benno (Swan Lake), Black Knight (Checkmate), Dr Samuel-Jean Pozzi (Strapless), Soldier (Different Drummer), Human (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café), Fate (Acosta’s Carmen), Creature (Frankenstein), Lt. Colonel Vershinin (Winter Dreams), Ivan Tsarevich (The Firebird) and roles in After the Rain, Woolf Works, Song of the Earth, The Two Pigeons, Gloria, Concerto, Chroma, Viscera, ‘Emeralds’ and ‘Diamonds’ (Jewels), Serenade, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Scènes de ballet, Voluntaries (pas de trois), Cinderella, Aeternum Within The Golden Hour, Multiverse and Medusa.

Hirano’s role creations for the Company include in Asphodel Meadows and in Wayne McGregor’s Infra and Obsidian Tear.

Videos

News and features

Cast changes: Jewels on 3, 8 and 15 April 2017

20 March 2017
Cast changes: <em>Jewels</em> on 3, 8 and 15 April 2017

Principal casting has been amended for three performances of George Balanchine's ballet.

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016
Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

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

Watch: Beatriz Stix-Brunell on Raven Girl

12 October 2015
Watch: Beatriz Stix-Brunell on <em>Raven Girl</em>

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

Photos

Ryoichi Hirano as Lieutenant Colonel Vershinin and Laura Morera as Masha in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera as Masha and Ryoichi Hirano as Lieutenant Colonel Vershinin in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

World Ballet Day 2019, Concerto rehearsal

Ryoichi Hirano and Sarah Lamb in rehearsal for La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as Crown Prince Rudolf and Sarah Lamb as Marie Larisch in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as Espada in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Juliet and Ryoichi Hirano as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova, Olivia Cowley and Ryoichi Hirano in rehearsal for Medusa, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano in rehearsal for Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera and Ryoichi Hirano in rehearsal for Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera and Ryoichi Hirano in rehearsal for Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Princess Stephanie and Ryoichi Hirano as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as Crown Prince Rudolf and Sarah Lamb as Marie Larisch in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as Ivan Tsarevich and Mayara Magri as The Firebird in The Firebird, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as Romeo and Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as Romeo and Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as Poseidon and Natalia Osipova as Medusa in Medusa, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano as Poseidon and Natalia Osipova as Medusa in Medusa, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano and Mayara Magri in rehearsal for The Firebird, The Royal Ballet

Melissa Hamilton and Ryoichi Hirano in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Ryoichi Hirano and Lauren Cuthbertson in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet.

Ryoichi Hirano as Leontes and Laura Morera as Paulina in The Winter's Tale.

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

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 and Laura Morera in Don Quixote, 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 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

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Ryoichi Hirano

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