Igor Kolb was born June 6, 1977 in Pinsk (Belorussia). He graduated from the Belorussia State Ballet School in 1996. Even before his graduation Kolb was invited for probation to The National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belorussia Republic where he made his debut as Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty. Supervised by A. Koliadenko, he prepared for the Vaganova-Prix, the annual international competition for young dancers in St. Petersburg, where he became the third-prize winner and a laureate. In the Belorussia State Ballet School his teachers were O. Matskevich, G. Yanson, V. Shvetsova, A. Koliadenko. Having graduated in 1996, Igor joined the Mariinsky Theatre as a ballet dancer.
At the Mariinsky Igor Kolb began his career at first supervised by Yuri Fateyev who proved a welcome support for the young dancer during his initial year in St. Petersburg. For Igor’s second performing season, Mariinsky’s management transferred him to work with the coach Gennadi Selyutski, with whom he prepared all classic repertoire of the Mariinsky Theatre. On Mariinsky stage Igor’s debut came in June 1997 when he danced Prince Désiré with Diana Vishneva as Aurora, in The Sleeping Beauty.
Igor Kolb soon became one of the company’s most prominent dancers, frequently appearing as a partner to Mariinsky leading dancers Zhanna Ayupova, Diana Vishneva, Uljana Lopatkina, Svetlana Zakharova, Irma Nioradze, Daria Pavlenko, Sofia Gumerova, Evgenia Obraztsova and others. Due to his firm mastery of the classical choreography, his elegant and virile manner combined with introspective nature Igor Kolb became one of the Mariinsky’s most acclaimed romantic repertoire performers excelling as the poet in Chopiniana, Albrecht in Giselle and the Prince in the traditional Vainonen’s Nutcracker. With time Igor expanded his performing range with bravura dancing as exotic slave in Le Corsaire, the Golden Slave in Scheherazade and many other parts where he beautifully demonstrated his distinctive style.
In May 2002 Kolb was selected to dance the part of Solor with Daria Pavlenko and Elvira Tarasova at the premiere of La Bayadere in Sergei Vikharev’s reconstruction of one of Petipa’s gems.
Early in 2003 he was promoted to Principal Dancer at the Mariinsky Theatre.
On the 22nd February 2002 Igor Kolb made his debut on stage of the Rome Opera House as Prince Desire alongside Svetlana Zakharova in Paul Chalmer’s version of The Sleeping Beauty.
2006 saw Kolb making his debut on stage of the Vienna State Opera as Prince in Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake.
In January 2009 famous international stars took part in Igor Kolb Gala in Tokyo. Specially for Kolb’s performance at his Gala, choreographer Radu Poklitaru created Two on a Swing one-act ballet.
In April 2009 Roland Petit invited Igor to join the farewell tour of Tamiyo Kusakari, famous Japanese ballet dancer. As part of the tour he danced the famous duets from Petit’s Proust ballet, which has become classics. Specially for Kolb and Kusakari performance, Roland Petit revived the duet from his Otto Dix.
President Medvedev’s Decree from October 2009 gave Igor Kolb the Honoured Artist of The Russian Federation status.
His website is available at http://igorkolb.ru/eng/biography.html
Honoured Artist of Russia (2009) Prize-winner at the Vaganova-Prix Competition (1995).
Born in Pinsk, Belarus. Graduated from the Byelorussian State Ballet School (class of Professor Koliadenko). Joined the Mariinsky Theatre in 1996. Became a Principal Dancer in 1998.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes: La Sylphide (James); Giselle (Count Albrecht); Le Corsaire (Ali); Grand pas from Paquita; Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried, Pas de deux); Pas de Six from Esmeralda; The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Dèsirè), Marius Petipa´s 1890 production and Konstantin Sergeyev´s version; La Bayadére (Solor), Marius Petipa´s 1900 production; Raymonda (Bèranger); The Nutcracker (Prince), Vasily Vainonen´s production; The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Vaslav); The Legend of Love (Ferkhad); Leningrad Symphony (Youth); Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, Troubadour); Cinderella (Prince), choreography by Alexei Ratmansky; Chopiniana (Nocturne, Mazurka, Seventh Waltz); Le Spectre de la rose (Ghost of the Rose); Schèhèrazade (Golden Slave); Symphony in C (1st Movement); Scotch Symphony; Tchaikovsky Pas de deux: Jewels (Diamonds); Apollo (Apollo); Ballet Imperial (Soloist); In the Night (2nd Duet), choreography by Jerome Robbins; Steptext; In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (Cleonte); Silenzio (with Diana Vishneva); The Dying Swan, choreography by Radu Poklitaru to music by Camille Saint-Saëns; Autumn Colours, choreography by Yevgeny Panfilov to music by Arvo Pärt.
In 2002, Igor Kolb made his Opera di Roma debut as Prince Dèsirè in The Sleeping Beauty (Rudolf Nureyev´s version). In 2006 he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (Rudolf Nureyev´s version).
Has toured with the Mariinsky Ballet Company throughout Russia and abroad.