Alexander Volchkov was born in Moscow in 1979. He graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1997 (class of Leonid Zhdanov) and joined Bolshoi Ballet in the fall of that year. In 2008, after a performance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Flames of Paris, he was promoted to the rank of Principal dancer. He is coached by the former Bolshoi Principal Vladimir Nikonov.
Mr. Volchkov’s repertoire with the Bolshoi includes Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake; Jean de Brienne in Raymonda; Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty; Albrecht in Giselle; Basilio in Don Quixote; Solor in La Bayadère; the Nutcracker-Prince in The Nutcracker; Phoebus in both Roland Petit’s Notre Dame de Paris and in Yuri Burlaka’s La Esmeralda; Prince Charming in Cinderella; Philippe in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Flames of Paris; Lysander in John Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Lucien in Paquita; Hanan in Ratmansky’s Leah, the Hero in Leonid Massine’s Les Présages, the Poet in Les Sylphides (Chopiniana); Ferkhad in Yuri Grigorovich’s The Legend of Love, Romeo in his Romeo and Juliet, Crassus in Spartacus, and Boris in The Golden Age (also by Grigorovich). Mr. Volchkov dances principal roles in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C (2nd Movement) and Agon (Pas de Deux), in Christopher Wheeldon’s Misericordes, Asaf Messerer’s Class Concert, and Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons (Boy in Red).
He originated principal roles in Mr. Ratmansky’s The Flames of Paris (Philippe), Mr. Burlaka’s La Esmeralda (Phoebus), Francesco Ventriglia’s Zakharova Super Game (Lambda), and Declan Donnellan – Radu Poklitaru’s Romeo and Juliet (Paris).
Mr. Volchkov’s has appeared as a guest artist with the Paris Opera Ballet (Jeanne de Brienne in Nureyev’s Raymonda), The Kremlin Ballet Theatre (Romeo in Grigorovich’s Romeo and Juliet), Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker), and Bashkiria’s State Opera and Ballet Theatre (The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet).
His awards include the Silver medal at the Kazan International Ballet Competition (2001). He is an Honored Artist of Russia (2010).