Benois de la Danse laureate

Born in Seoul. Graduated from the Korea National University of Arts (class of Vladimir Kim and Margarita Kulik). For half a year he was a trainee with the Mariinsky Ballet. At the MariinskyTheatre he made his debut as Ali in the ballet Le Corsaire. From 2015 he has been a principal dancer.

His repertoire includes: Giselle (Count Albrecht, Classical Duet), La Bayadère (Solor, Golden Idol), The Sleeping Beauty (Désiré), Swan Lake (Siegfried, the Prince’s Friends), Don Quixote (Basilio), Pas de Deux Diane and Actéon  (Actéon), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), The Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince), Le Corsaire (Ali), Sylvia (Aminta), The Legend of Love (Ferkhad); also Michel Fokine’s ballets Le Spectre de la rose (Ghost of the Rose) and Schéhérazade (the Slave); George Balanchine's ballets Jewels (Rubies) , Symphony in C (III. Allegro vivace), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pas de deux from Act II) and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; Études by Harald Lander, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by William Forsythe, Concerto DSCH by Alexei Ratmansky, Infra by Wayne McGregor.

In 2012 together with The Youth Ballet of Asia he appeared in Krasnoyarsk at the Asian-Pacific Nations’ International Music Festival. He took part in the Rudolf Nureyev International Classical Ballet Festivalin Kazan (2013).

As a guest artist he danced in Buryatia Opera and Ballet Theatre (2014), Kremlin Ballet (2014), Bashkiria State Opera and Ballet Theatre (2015), in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) (2015). In March 2015 he took part in the gala concert Icons of Russian Ballet held at The Coliseum in London.

In June 2015 he made his debut at American Ballet Theatre as Solor in the ballet La Bayadère (Natalia Makarova's version). In December 2015 there he performed the same role in Rudolf Nureyev's Opéra de Paris production.

Prize-winner at international ballet competitions in Rome (1st prize, 2008), Moscow (2nd prize, 2009), Seoul (1st prize, 2009), Jackson (2nd prize, 2010) and Varna (1st prize, 2010). Grand Prix at the Arabesque international ballet competition (Perm, 2012). Grand Prix at the Youth America Grand Prix international competition (New York, 2012).