Kimin Kim
Photo by Baki (Gui Sub Park)


Principal, The Mariinsky Ballet

Kimin Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and graduated from the Korea National University of the Arts under Vladimir Kim and Margarita Kulik. He joined the Mariinsky Ballet as a trainee and made his debut as Ali in Le Corsaire before being promoted to Soloist in 2012 and to Principal Dancer in 2015. He is the 2016 recipient of the Benois de la Danse prize as well as the winner of Rossiya-Kultura Tv’s project Grand Ballet. He won the grand prix at both the Youth American Grand Prix in 2012 and the Arabesque International Ballet Competition in Perm. Other accolades include 1st prize at the 2008 Rome International Ballet Competition, 2nd prize in Moscow in 2009, 1st prize in Seoul in 2009, 2nd prize in Jackson in 2010, and 1st prize in Varna in 2010. Kim’s repertoire includes Giselle (Count Albrecht, Classical Duet); La Bayadère (Solor, Golden Idol); The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré); Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried); Don Quixote (Basilio); the Diane and Actéon Pas de Deux from La Esmeralda (Actéon); Lavrovsky’s Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio); George Balanchine’s ballets Jewels (Rubies), Symphony in C (III. Allegro vivace), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pas de deux from Act II) and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Vainonen’s The Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince); the Pas de Deux from Petipa’s The Talisman; Michel Fokine’s Le Spectre de la rose and Schéhérazade (the Slave), Harold Lander’s Études; Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia (Aminta); Yuri Grigorovich’s The Legend of Love (Ferkhad); William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; and works by Alexei Ratmansky and Wayne McGregor. In 2012 he appeared in Krasnoyarsk at the Asian-Pacific Nations’ International Music Festival. He has taken part in the Rudolf Nureyev International Classical Ballet Festival, held in Kazan, the Tatar Academic State Musa Jalil Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Buryatia Opera and Ballet Theatre, and at the III International Ballet Festival in Moscow with the Kremlin Ballet, where he performed the role of Basilio in Don Quixote (Vladimir Vasiliev’s version). In 2015 Kim performed at the Bashkiria State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ufa as part of the Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Festival as Albrecht in Giselle and in Yakutsk at the All-Russian ballet festival The White Crane at the State Sivtsev Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). In March 2015 he took part in the gala concert Icons of Russian Ballet held at The Coliseum in London and in June of the same year made his debut at American Ballet Theatre as Solor in Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadère. In December 2015 he performed the same role in Rudolf Nureyev’s Opéra de Paris production.