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Maria Kochetkova
Maria Kochetkova
Principal Artist, San Francisco Ballet

Born in Moscow, Russia, Maria Kochetkova trained at the Bolshoi School in Moscow and danced with The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2007 and becoming Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre in 2015.

Kochetkova’s highlighted repertoire includes Nikiya in La Bayadère, Kitri in Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake with American Ballet Theatre as well as McGregor’s Borderlands.

Kochetkova was nominated for the UK Critics’ Circle Dance Award Best Female Dancer in 2014 and a Prix Benois de la Danse for her performance as Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin in 2013. In 2009, she was awarded the gold medal on National Broadcasting Company’s Superstars of Dance. She also won many international ballet competitions, including “Ballerina of the Year” award at Positano Premia La Danza "Léonide Massine" in 2017, a silver medal and the jury prize at Varna International Ballet Competition and a silver medal at the Prix de Lausanne competition in 2002.

Photographer: Chris Hardy