Leonid SarafonovPrize-winner at the International Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Competition (Budapest, 2000), and at competitions in Paris (2000), Moscow (2001) and Seoul (2004).
Was awarded the International Benois de la danse prize in 2006 as well as the Spirit of Dance prize in the category "Star" by Ballet magazine. Born in Kiev.
Graduated from the Kiev State School of Choreography in 2000 and was engaged as a soloist with the National Ballet of Ukraine the same year. Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 2002. Repertoire includes:
La Sylphide (James);
Pas de deux from Flower Festival in Genzano;
Le Corsaire (Ali, Lankedem);
La Bayadère (Solor);
The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré);
Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried);
Don Quixote (Basilio);
Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, Mercutio);
The Four Temperaments;
Symphony in C (3 rd Movements);
The Nutcracker (Prince), production by Mihail Chemiakin, choreography by Kirill Simonov;
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude;
Ondine (Matteo );
Farewell to the Jungle, choreography by Olga Vorobieva to music by Stamp.In 2006 he made his debut at La Scala in Milan as James in Pierre Lacotte’s version of La Sylphide.Acted in a film Nutcracker production by Mihail Chemiakin (2007).Has toured with the Mariinsky Theatre to UK, Germany, China and USA.