Vladimir Shklyarov was born in Leningrad, Russia. He graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2003 and joined the Mariinsky Ballet in the same year. He has been a principal dancer since 2011.
Shklyarov’s repertory with the Mariinsky includes James in La Sylphide, Count Albrecht in Giselle, Ali and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Solor and the Golden Idol in La Bayadère, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried, Pas de Trois, Jester and Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Jean de Brienne in Raymonda, Grand Pas in Paquita, Basilio in Don Quixote, Vaslav in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, the Hooligan in The Young Lady and the Hooligan, Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Ferkhad in The Legend of Love, Harlequin in La Carnaval, Ghost of the Rose in Le Spectre de la Rose, Zobeide’s Slave in Scheherazade and The Youth in Chopiniana, Emeralds, Rubies, Diamond in Jewels, Ballet Imperial, Symphony in C, Theme and Variations and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Young Man in Le Jeune Homme et la Mont, In the Night, Soloist in Etudes, Matteo in Ondine, Grand Pas Classique, Beggar Chief in Manon, The Prince in Cinderella, Ivan the Fool in The Little Humpbacked Horse and Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina, and roles in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Without.
His repertory also includes the pas de deux from La Carnaval de Venise, Hopak, the pas de deux from Le Papillon, the pas de six from Laurencia, Parting, Requiem for Narcissus and Ballet 101.
Shklyarov created he role of Zephyr in Sergei Vikharev’s Le Reveil de Flore in 2007 and the role of Harlequin in Vikharev’s Le Carnaval in 2008.
Shklyarov has participated in gala concerts including the 70th birthday of Maris Liepa, (Moscow, Kremlin Palace 2006), Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres, (Tokyo, 2007), Malakhov and Friends, (Berlin, 2008), Ballettisimo, (Guadalajara 2008), Dance Open, (St. Petersburg, 2010), Nureyev and Friends (Vienna, 2012) and Stars of the 21st Century, (Paris, New York, 2012.) He regularly appears in concerts organized by the Maris Liepa Foundation as well as galas in Kazan, Ufa and Novsibirsk. In 2012 at the Bolshoi Theatre he danced the role of Prince Siegfried in Yuri Grigorovich’s version of Swan Lake. He has appeared in recordings and broadcasts of Mariinsky Theatre ballets including The Nutcracker (2012 3D broadcast) and Romeo and Juliet (2013).
Shklyarov was first prize winner at the XI International Ballet and Choreography Competition, in the category “Solo,” in Moscow, 2009. He was also a prize winner at the Vaganova-Prix International Competition, in St. Petersburg, 2002. He has received the Soul of Dance prize from Ballet magazine in the category “Rising Star” (2008), the Leonid Massine International Prize For the Art of Dance, (Positano, Italy, 2008) and the Zegna – Mariinsky New Talent Awards grant, (London, 2008).
Shklyarov made his American Ballet Theatre debut dancing the role of Solor in La Bayadère during the Company’s 2014 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House.