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Herman Cornejo

San Luis, Argentina

Joined ABT 1999 / Principal since 2003

Biography

Herman Cornejo was born in Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina and began his ballet studies at the age of eight at the Instituto Superior de Arte at Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires.  In 1995 when he was fourteen he received a scholarship from the School of American Ballet, the dance school of New York City Ballet. On his return to Buenos Aires he was invited to join Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino.

At the age of 16, Cornejo was the Gold Medal winner of the VIII International Dance Competition in Moscow (1997), the youngest dancer ever in the history of the competition.  Upon his return from Moscow Cornejo was then promoted to principal dancer with Ballet Argentino, alternating with Julio Bocca in all the principal roles in the repertoire during the company’s worldwide tours.  In 1999 he joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet, was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and to Principal Dancer in August 2003.

As a young dancer, Cornejo was a first prize winner at several major competitions in South America. Other awards and citations include the 2000 Peace Messenger prize from UNESCO, the 2005 nomination for best dancer for the Benois de la Danse, in 2010 the Mr. Expressivity prize at the 9th International Ballet Festival “Dance Open” in St. Petersburg, where he performed his first work of choreography, Tango y yo, with the music Fuga y Misterio by Astor Piazzolla and, in 2013, a Bessie Award for outstanding performer.

Mr. Cornejo’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Sheila Grant.

Upcoming Performances

June 20, 2018
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Swan Lake
(Prince Siegfried)
June 23, 2018
2:00 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Swan Lake
(Prince Siegfried)
June 30, 2018
2:00 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Don Quixote
(Basilio)

Repertoire

Milestones

1998

Joined ABT Studio Company September 1998

1999

Joined ABT as Apprentice January 1999

1999

Joined Corps de Ballet August 1999

2000

Promoted to Soloist August 2000

2003

Promoted to Principal Dancer August 2003

Herman  Cornejo

Herman Cornejo in Don Quixote. Photo: Gene Schiavone