Maria Baranova


Maria Baranova was born in 1992 in Finland where she first started training with the Helsinki Dance Institute. In 2008, she took part at the prestigious competition Prix de Lausanne and received an invitation from the renowned artistic director John Neumeier to join the Hamburg Ballet School with a scholarship. From 2009 to 2011 performed with the Hamburg Ballet various soloist and principal roles and was in many original casts of Neumeiers new creations. In 2011, at the age of 19 she became a principal at the Finnish National Ballet where she danced until 2015. From 2015 to 2019 was the First Soloist at the Boston Ballet in America. At the beginning of the 2019/20 season, she joined the Bayerisches Staatsballett as principal.



  • Pro Dance Award Helsinki, Finland 2006 and 2014
  • Silver medal International Ballet Competition, Grasse, France 2007
  • Bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition Premio Roma in Rome, Italy 2008
  • Winner of the junior female division at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland 2009
  • Bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria 2010
  • Eric Bruhn Prize, Toronto, Canada 2011 
  • Silver medal of the senior female division at the International Ballet Competition Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland 2012

Repertoire (excerpt)

Nikija in La Bayadère (N. Makarova)
Swanilda in Coppélia (M. Ribaud)
Kitri in Don Quijote (P. Bart)
Medora in Le Corsaire (I. Liška, M. Petipa)
Julia in Romeo und Julia (J. Cranko)
Titelrolle in Manon (K. MacMillan)
Dame 1 in In the middle somewhat elevated (W. Forsythe)
Olga in Onegin (J. Cranko) 
Manon Lescaut, Prudence, Olympia in The Lady of the Camellias (J. Neumeier) 
Illusionen - wie Schwanensee (J. Neumeier)
The Concert (J. Robbins)
The Nutcracker: Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen (M. Nissinen)
Pas & Parts (W. Forsythe)
Stravinsky Violin Concerto: Aria 2 (G. Balanchine)
The Sleeping Beauty: Aurora, Princess Florine (F. Ashton)
La Sylphide in La Sylphide (A. Bournonville, S. Englund)
Titania in A Midsummer Night Dream (Jorma Elo)
The Nutcracker: Clara (W. Eagling)
Main lady in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto n.2 (G. Balanchine)
Napoli (A.Bournonville)
Le Pavillion d'Armide: Alexandra Baldina (John Neumeier)

Debuts with the Bayerisches Staatsballett

Kitty in Anna Karenina (Chr. Spuck)
Swanilda in Coppélia (R. Petit)
Marie in The Nutcracker (J.Neumeier)


Past events with Maria Baranova

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