Koto Ishihara (© David Allen)
Joined in 2010.
Born in Nagoya, Japan, Koto Ishihara trained at Yukie Ballet School, Shiho Kanazawa Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, and San Francisco Ballet School. She joined the Company in 2010.
Ishihara has danced featured roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Queen of the Snow, Spanish, and Ballerina Doll) and 7 for Eight; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Cupid); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Friend) and Symphony in Three Movements (demi-soloist); Cranko’s Onegin (Friend); Lifar’s Suite en Blanc (Serenade); Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (pas de trois); Possokhov’s RAkU (principal role); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Balinese Princess).
Her repertory also includes Tomasson’s Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, The Fifth Season, “Haffner” Symphony, and Trio; Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; McGregor’s Borderlands and Chroma; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Francesca da Rimini and Classical Symphony; Robbins’ Glass Pieces; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour.
Ishihara received a silver medal at Tanzolymp International Dance Festival and first place at the Youth America Grand Prix San Francisco Regionals, both in 2010.