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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 14, he earned a scholarship from the School of American Ballet. Upon 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.  He was then promoted to principal dancer with Ballet Argentino, alternating with Julio Bocca in all the main roles during the company’s worldwide tours.

In 1999 he joined American Ballet Theatre, was promoted to Soloist in 2000 and to Principal Dancer in 2003.

Cornejo has performed as a guest artist with numerous companies around the world, including Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón, La Scala Ballet, Universal Ballet of Korea, National Ballet of Japan, Kremlin Ballet, Dortmund Ballett, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Martha Graham Company, Ballet Hispánico, Ballet Contemporáneo de Cuba and Corella Ballet Castilla y León. He has participated in charity events for several organizations, including performing alongside Sting at The Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall, and at events raising funds for medical research for cancer, Down syndrome and poliomyelitis.

In 2012, he began an artistic collaboration with Alessandra Ferri, including the new productions Chéri, Evolution and Trio ConcertDance.  In 2015, he acted as artistic director of the Latin American Stars Gala, part of BalletNOW at the Los Angeles Music Center.

 

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Cornejo has received multiple nominations, awards and distinctions. He has been named a Peace Messenger by UNESCO, Dancer of the Year by The New York Times and Latin Idol by Hispanic Magazine. He won the Star of the 21st Century international ballet competition in 2005 and the Mr. Expressivity prize at the Dance Open Festival in St Petersburg in 2010 and 2013.  He received the Argentinian Pride Award from the Argentinian Culture Center (2013), The Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer (2013) and the Prix Benois de la Danse for Outstanding Male Dancer (2014).

Photo: Lucas Chilczuk

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