Andrey Merkuriev was born in Syvtyvkar (Komi Rupublic, Russia). He graduated from the Ufa Choreographic Institute in 1996 and became a soloist with the Komi Republic Ballet the same year. In 1997 he was asked to join the Mikhailovsky ballet in St. Petersburg, also as a soloist. After winning the Silver medal at the Kazan international Ballet Competition in 2001, he was invited to join the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet in 2001 as a First Soloist. Mr. Merkuriev has been a Leading Soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet since 2006.
Mr. Merkuriev's vast repertoire of leading roles includes Espada and Basil in Don Quixote, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, the Prince in the Nutcracker(choreography by Nikolay Boyarchikov), Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Phoebus in La Esmeralda (choreography by Boyarchikov, after Perrot and Petipa), Solor in La Bayadere, Pierre in La Halte de la cavalerie (choreography by Petipa), Paris and Valentine in Faust (choreography by Boyarchikov), Count Albert inGiselle, James in La Sylphide (choreography by Bournonville), the title role in Mikhail Fokin's Petrushka, Mercutio and Romeo in Lavrovsky's Romeo and Juliet, De Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, the Nutcracker-Prince in Kirill Simonov's the Nutcracker, the Young Drosselmeyer in Simonov's The Magic Nut, the title role in Balanchine's Prodigal Son and Phlegmatic in his Four Temperaments. He has danced principal roles in John Neumeier’s Spring and Falland Now and Then, William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Septext, David Dawson's Reverence, and Balanchine's La Valse. Mr. Merkuriev's repertoire at the Bolshoi expanded to include such roles as Jose in Alberto Alonso's Carmen, Miller in Leonide Massine's Le Tricorne, Fisherman in Pierre Lacotte's La Fille du Pharaon, Petr in Alexei Ratmansky's The Bright Stream, Boris in Yuri Grigorovich's The Golden Age and Crassus in Spartacus, Prince Charming in Yuri Possokhov's Cinderella, Ballet Teacher in Flemming Flindt's The Lesson, and principal roles in ballets by Twyla Tharp (In the Upper Room), Alexei Ratmansky (Russian Seasons and Middle Duo), Balanchine (Tchaikovsky Pas de deux and Rubies), Christopher Wheeldon (Misericordes), and Asaf Messerer (Class-Concert), among others. Mr. Merkuriev created principal roles in three full-length ballets by Alexei Ratmansky: Yan in The Bolt, Jerome in The Flames of Paris, and Lucien in Lost Illusions.
Mr. Merkuriev had several works created on him by choreographers participating in the Bolshoi's New choreography Workshops, and among these are +/- 2 by Viacheslav Samodurov and Old women falling out by Ratmansky.
He has toured widely with both
the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and often appears
at international galas. He is also a frequent member of Vladimir Malakhov and Friends and Roberto
Bolle and Friends touring groups. He recently danced with
Bavarian State Opera in Munich as a guest artist (Basil in Don
Mr. Merkuriev's awards include the Silver medal at the Open Ballet Competition Arabesque in Perm, Russia (2000); the Silver medal at the Kazan International Ballet Competition in Russia (2001); a National theater award, the Golden Mask, for his performance in William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (2005); and the Positano “Leonid Massine” Prize (2008). Mr. Merkuriev is an Honored Artist of the North Ossetia-Alania Republic.