Benois de la Danse laureate

Alexandre Riabko was born in February, 20, 1978 in Kiev, Ukrain.

He studied dancing at Kiev Ballet School and at School of the Hamburg Ballet. His main teachers were Vladimir Denisenko, Anatoli Nisnevich and Kevin Haigen
In 1996 he joined The Hamburg Ballet, in 1999 he became the Soloist and in 2001-the Principal.

He created Arlequin in “Carnaval“ and The Spirit of the rose in „Le Spectre de la rose”, Sascha in Préludes CV, the parties in Death in Venice, For Elizabeth, Winter Ways, Messiah, Songs of the Night. He was the first to perform in the ballets by Jirí Bubenícek, Marco Goecke, Christhopher Wheeldon, Yukichi Hattori.

His repertory includes more than 30 ballets by John Neumeier, such as A Midsummer Night's Dream (Philostrat/Puck and Demetrius), VIVALDI or What You Will (Sir Andrew), The Nutcracker (Günter and Fritz), Illusions — like “Swan Lake”( Count Alexander), Nijinsky (Vaslaw Nijinsky), Giselle (Albert and Paesant-Pas de deux), principal parties in The Saga of King Arthur, Sylvia, The Lady of the Camellias, The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré, Catalabutte and Blue Bird), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Windows on MOZART, Othello (Jago), Odyssey, The Seagull, The Legend of Joseph, A Cinderella Story (The Prince) and others. He performs in classical ballets: Solor in La Bayadère(Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa), Colas in La Fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton) and also in the ballets by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Jirí Kylián, Petr Zuska and others.

As a guest soloist he performed in Dresden, Prag, Dusseldorf, Munich (Easter Concert 2004), Japan (Ballet World Festival 2005 and 2006), Vienna (New Year's Concert 2006), Cremona, Verona, Macerata, Taormina (Alessandra Ferri and Friends), Italy (Roberto Bolle and Friends Galas, Alessandra Ferri's Farewell Gala), Berlin (Malakhov and Friends Gala), Australia, St. Petersburg (Open Dance Festival).

Alexandre Riabko was the Finalist of the “Prix de Lausanne” and was awarded Dr. Wilhelm-Oberdörffer-Prize.