Liudmila Konovalova, Wiener Staatsballett, Austria

Born in Russia, the young and already talented student trained as a dancer in her hometown, graduating from the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In 2002, she began her career with the Russian State Ballet, where she was appointed First Soloist two years later, giving her the opportunity to perform leading roles in famous classical ballets.

In 2007, she flew to Europe and joined the Staastballett Berlin, where she was appointed Soloist in 2009. 

In 2010, a new Soloist opportunity with the Wiener Staatsballett.  This was a chance to further develop her repertoire, from Nureyev and Balanchine, to Wright, Legris, Ashton, Cranko, MacMillan, Neumeier, Forsythe, Dawson, Gsovsky, Petipa and Stravinsky, to name but a few. Barely a year later, Liudmila was promoted to First Soloist, the equivalent title for Principal. 

Over her career, she has appeared as guest dancer in many European countries and overseas. Since 2010, she has been invited to perform as a Soloist at various galas, festivals, and international companies.

Liudmila’s talent has also been recognised through the numerous awards and honours she has won: 3rd place at the “Young Russian Ballet Competition” in Krasnodar in 2004; Special Prize at the “Serge Lifar Ballet Competition” in Kiev in 2006; 2nd place at the KIBC in Seoul in 2007; 1st place at the “ÖTR-Contest” in Vienna and the “Premio Roma” Ballet Competition in Italy in 2007; Diplomas from the 30th and 32nd CRI International Dance Galas in Italy; Diploma from the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation International Dance Festival for her contribution to the development of the art of Ballet of the Republic of Bashkortostan in 2012; International Dance Prize at the “Premio Capriz Danza International” in 2018; “Premio MADSS Etoile Internationale” in 2019. In June 2019, Liudmila was honoured by the Russian Embassy in Vienna for her merits of the cultural relation between Russia and Austria.

Liudmila Konovalova, Wiener Staatsballett, Austria