Born in Moscow. Studied at Ballettschule der Osterreichischen Bundestheater, and completed his education at Vaganova Ballet Academy (class of Professor Veniamin Zimin). Joined Mariinsky Theatre in 1993. Became Principal Character Artist in 1998.
Repertoire includes: Giselle (Hans); Le Corsaire (Forban); La Bayadere (Indian dance), revised version by Vakhtang Chabukiani; The Sleeping Beauty (Fee Carabosse); Le Reveil de Flore (Aquilon), revival of the 1894 production; Swan Lake (Spanish); Raymonda (Saracen dance, Grand pas, Spanish dance, Hungarian dance); Don Quixote (Espada, Gipsy dance); Polovtsian Dances (Chief Warrior); Sheherazade (The Golden Slave); Petrouchka (the Moor); The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Nurali); Romeo and Juliet (Joker); The Legend of Love (Vizer); Symphony in C (2 nd Movements); The Nutcracker (Spanish Dance, Two Cossacks), Princess Pirlipat, or worthiness punished (Spanish dance of rats), production by Mihail Chemiakin, choreography by Kirill Simonov; Carmen (Don Jose); Come in ! ; Cinderella (Dance Teacher, Male Dance), Middle Duet, choreography by Alexei Ratmansky; Steptext; Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Count Dorante); Overcoat after Gogol (Petrovihc); Le Sacre du Printemps (Spider), choreography by Donvena Pandoursky.