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Daniil Simkin

Novosibirsk, Russia

Joined ABT 2008 / Principal since 2012

Biography

Daniil Simkin was born in Russia to a ballet family.  In 1990, the family left for the West and, after several international engagements, settled in Wiesbaden, Germany, where Simkin first appeared on the stage.  From the age of six he often appeared onstage, dancing alongside his father Dmitrij Simkin.

At ten, Simkin began his training under the direction of his mother, Olga Aleksandrova.  At 12, he began participating in ballet competitions and galas around the world and, at the same time, he finished his academic education.  He joined the ballet company of the Vienna State Opera in 2006 as a demi-soloist and since then has danced many roles in the classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoire of the company.  In 2007, he danced his first principal role, Basilio in Don Quixote, as a guest with the Lithuanian National Opera.

Simkin’s awards include the Senior Gold Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson 2006, Grand Prix International Ballet Competition Helsinki 2005 and First Prize and Gold Medal at the 21st International Ballet Competition in Varna 2004, among others.

Simkin joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in October 2008 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in November 2012.  His repertoire with the Company includes the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, Ballet Dancer in The Bright Stream, Franz in Coppélia, Ali, the slave and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Basilio and the Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, Puck in The Dream, the first sailor in Fancy Free, Albrecht, the Flames of Paris pas de deux, Albrecht and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Profiteer in The Green Table, Harlequin in Harlequinade, Lescaut in Manon, Kolia in A Month in the Country, Nutcracker-Prince in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Lensky in Onegin, the Son in Prodigal Son, Romeo and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Boy With Matted Hair in Shadowplay, Prince Désiré and the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Rose in Le Spectre de la Rose, the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes, Prince Siegfried, Benno and the pas de trois in Swan Lake, Gurn in La Sylphide, Eros and a Goat in Sylvia, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, leading roles in AFTERITE, Allegro Brillante, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, I Feel The Earth Move, Monotones I, Mozartiana, Piano Concerto #1 and Symphony in C and featured roles in Black Tuesday, Company B, Duets, In the Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, One of Three and Sinfonietta.

He created the Chinese Dance in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Bluebird in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Ariel in The Tempest, The Boy in Whipped Cream and roles in Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, Serenade After Plato’s Symposium and Troika.

Mr. Simkin’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Sharon Patrick.

Photo: Enrico Nawrath

Upcoming Performances

January 19, 2019
2:00 pm
Costa Mesa, California
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Harlequinade
(Harlequin)
January 30, 2019
7:30 pm
Washington, D.C.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Harlequinade
(Harlequin)
February 2, 2019
1:30 pm
Washington, D.C.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Harlequinade
(Harlequin)
May 16, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Harlequinade
(Harlequin)
May 18, 2019
2:00 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Harlequinade
(Harlequin)
May 24, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Whipped Cream
(The Boy)
May 28, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Whipped Cream
(The Boy)
June 11, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Le Corsaire
(Ali, the Slave)
June 13, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Le Corsaire
(Ali, the Slave)
June 15, 2019
8:00 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Le Corsaire
(Ali, the Slave)

Repertoire

Milestones

2008

Joined ABT as Soloist October 2008

2012

Promoted to Principal Dancer December 2012

Daniil Simkin

Daniil Simkin in Everything Doesn't Happen At Once. Photo: Gene Schiavone