Irina Kolesnikova

Irina was born in Saint Petersburg.

In 1998, she graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy where she had been studying in the class of Elvira Kokorina.

That same year in December, Irina was accepted into
Konstantin Tatchkin’s St Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT) as a soloist where her first teacher was Russia’s Honoured Artist, Svetlana Efremova.

Due to her extraordinary dancing and acting skills, Irina was promoted to principal dancer in 2000 and by 2001 became the company’s Prima Ballerina.

Her many roles include Odette/Odile from Swan Lake, Clara from The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty, Kitri from Don Quixote, Giselle, Nikiya from La Bayadere, Paquita and others.

As a member of the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, she has toured extensively in Holland, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, France, Spain, Istanbul, China, Macau and Taipei.

The World press continues to express their delight in her talent. Such national and internationally respected publications as the Times, Independent, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Express in their reviews of Irina Kolesnikova’s performances are not embarrassed to use expressions such as: “a world class ballerina”, “a real star”, “a true Diva” when they refer to her.

In 2004 the photo album “Irina Kolesnikova” was published featuring more than one hundred superb photographs of the ballerina on and off stage. The introduction to the album is written by the legendary Russian-American ballet critic-photographer Nina Alovert and is entitled “Irina Kolesnikova – my love”.

Three DVDs were released in London from 2006-2007 featuring Irina in the leading roles of the ballets “Swan Lake”, “Giselle” and “The Nutcracker”.

Irina Kolesnikova is the recipient of numerous international prizes including

2002

  • the Natalia Makarova Prize and the Silver Medal at “Arabesque 2002” in Russia,
  • the Silver Medal at Varna in 2002,
  • the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Prague 2002.

2003

  • In 2003 she was nominated for the international prize at Benois de la Danse.

2005

  • In 2005 she won The Silver Medal at the 5th Japan International Ballet and Modern Dance Competition, 2005.
  • In 2005 she has been nominated by the Dance Section of the Critic`s Circle of the UK as finalist for an award in the Best Female Dancer category for the 2005 Critic`s Circle Critical Dance Awards.

In 2004 the photo album “Irina Kolesnikova” was published featuring more than one hundred superb photographs of the ballerina on and off stage. The introduction to the album is written by the legendary Russian-American ballet critic-photographer Nina Alovert and is entitled “Irina Kolesnikova – my love”.

Three DVDs were released in London from 2006-2007 featuring Irina in the leading roles of the ballets “Swan Lake”, “Giselle” and “The Nutcracker”.

Irina Kolesnikova is working under Russia`s People Artists Lubov Kunakova