Principal, San Francisco Ballet
Maria Kochetkova was born in Moscow and trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School before dancing with The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet in London. She joined the San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2007 and has performed as a guest artist with the Bolshoi, the Stanislavsky, the Mariinsky, the Mikhailovsky, and the Tokyo Ballet in Japan. Her classical repertoire includes Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Onegin and the title role in Alice in Wonderland. She has also performed in George Balanchine’s Coppelia, Divertimento No. 15 Jewels (Emeralds and Rubies), Serenade, Theme and Variations, Symphony in C (2nd movement), and Scotch Symphony, Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated and Artifact Suite, MacMillan’s Winter Dreams, Ashton’s Symphonic Variations and Voices of Spring, McGregor’s Chroma, and ballets by David Dawson, Derek Deane, Jorma Elo, Mark Morris, Yuri Possokhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Helgi Tomasson, Christopher Wheeldon and Hans Van Manen. Kochetkova has created principal roles in works by Yuri Possokhov, Helgi Tomasson, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Jorma Elo, Mauro Bigonzetti’s, and Wayne McGregor. Her guest performances include the 2009 NBS World Ballet Festival in Tokyo and the Bolshoi’s Reflections project (2011). She has also performed at the Stars of the 21st Century Ballet Galas, the Roberto Bolle and Friends Gala, the Nijinsky Gala, the Boris Eifman and Ballet Stars Gala, Les Etoiles pour le Japan Gala, the International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei, the YAGP Pestov Galas, and YAGP Ballet’s Greatest Hits Gala. Kochetkova performed the Grand Pas de Deux in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker which was broadcast by PBS in 2008 and won the solo gold medal in the NBC series Superstars of Dance which was watched by over 10 million viewers. Her prizes and awards include the Isadora Duncan Award for the role of Giselle and medals at the International Ballet Competitions in Seoul (Gold, 2005), Rome (Gold, 2005), Riety (Gold, 2005), Luxembourg (Gold, 2003), Varna (Silver and the Press Jury Prize, 2002), Moscow (Bronze, 2001). She is also a winner of the Prix de Lausanne (2002). Kochetkova joined ABT as a Principal Dancer in August 2015. Her repertoire there includes Nikiya in La Bayadère, Medora in Le Corsaire, Kitri in Don Quixote, the Golden Cockerel in The Golden Cockerel, Sylvia in Sylvia and leading roles in The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Monotones I and Piano Concerto #1.