Artistic director & Founder
Eldar Aliev was born in Azerbajan where he first studied ballet and graduated from Baku School of Choreography. In 1979 he started work with the world renowned Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre, rising through the ranks to Principal, continuing his career with the Company until 1992. During this time, through his talented interpretation of the roles he performed, he demonstrated his brilliant technical ability too. He danced the leading parts in the full repertoire of the Company, including some of ballet's best loved roles in Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Don Quixote, The Legend of Love, Le Corsaire, to name but a few.
With the Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet Eldar danced in over 40 countries and on some of the most prestigious stages in the world including The Kennedy Center in Washington, The Metropolitan Opera in New York, The Paris Opera, The Rome Opera, La Scala in Milan and both Covent Garden and The Coliseum London. He was invited to appear as a guest artist with the Bolshoi Ballet and the Australian Ballet, giving even more ballet lovers a taste of his great artistry.
As a dancer, he has worked with some of the greatest choreographers and legends of our time: Yuri Grigorovich, Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Alicia Alonso, Oleg Vinogradov and Vladimir Vasiliev, partnering some of ballets most outstanding ballerinas, such as Galina Mezentseva, Gabriella Komleva, Tatiana Terekhova, Sylvie Guillem, Amanda McKerrow and Altynai Asylmuratova.
In 1992 Eldar moved to the United States, settling in Indianapolis where he had been invited to join the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, later renamed Ballet Internationale. Before long he was asked to give up his role of Principal and take on the much bigger role as Artistic Director, where he turned the Company into a world-class touring company who delighted audiences in Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Beijing, Taipei and many other cities. At Ballet Internationale Eldar introduced his own choreography to the world, making a great impact with A Thousand and One Nights, as well as with his interpretations of some of the great classics, including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, Le Corsaire, Giselle and Don Quixote.
Always seeking new challenges, from 2006 he has been working throughout the world, as a consultant, taking on projects as artistic director, choreographer and ballet master sharing his talents with established and new talents throughout the industry. His work has been seen in Europe, Asia and America, where he has worked with companies from the Swedish Royal Ballet to the National Ballet of China, the Beijing Academy of Dance to the Teatro Massimo in Italy and many many more. He has worked in some of the greatest schools in the ballet world, including the Boston Ballet Academy, has lectured at Harvard University and Vassar College. He was a member of the jury of international ballet competitions in Prague, Seoul, New York, Beijing, as well as serving on many international juries including as Deputy Chairman of the jury at the 26th and 27th International Ballet Competition in Varna.
In 2015 Eldar was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Ballet Company at the State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia and in 2016 as Ballet Master in Chief of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.
In August of 2016 Eldar was appointed as the Director of the Academy of Russian Ballet named after A.Y.Vaganova in Vladivostok, Russia.
In June 2016 Aliev was awarded a title of the Honorary Professor of the State Shenyang Conservatory of Music in the People's Republic of China for his contribution to the development in dance and dance education.
Eldar continues to bring his many talents to the ballet world and has decided to shares these with his own Summer Academy in St Petersburg, which had its inaugural season in 2015.