Vadim Muntagirov was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia. In 1999, he entered Perm Choreographic Ballet Institute. After winning Prix de Lausanne in 2006 he was invited to continue his training at the Royal Ballet Upper School, graduating in 2009. Muntagirov joined English National Ballet in 2009 at the age of 19. He is at present Lead Principal at the Royal Ballet in Covent Garden London.
Vadim Muntagirov has performed leading roles in all the classical repertory. He was cast as Prince Siegfried in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake to open English National Ballet’s season and, in 2010, Muntagirov debuted as Romeo in Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet.
In 2011, he won the award for Outstanding Male Performer as well as Emerging Dancer, by the London Critics’ Circle.
Muntagirov made his debut with American Ballet Theatre in 2012 dancing Solor in La Bayadère at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C.
Vadim has created quite a stir since he arrived on the scene in 2009, and his partnership with Daria Klimentová has been hailed by critics as the new Fonteyn/Nuryev. They have guested in galas around the world including Singapore, Denmark, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New York and Japan. They have also danced Swan Lake together at the Kremlin in Moscow and in South Africa as well as having a well known documentary about them preparing for Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall called the “Agony and the Ecstasy”.
Vadim is nominated this year for the Benois prize of best male dancer.