Koto Ishihara (© Chris Hardy)
Joined in 2010. Promoted to soloist in 2014.
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 and was promoted to soloist in 2014.
Ishihara has danced featured or principal roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (pas de cinq and both Solo Wilis), Nutcracker (Queen of the Snow, Spanish, and Ballerina Doll), Romeo & Juliet (Juliet’s Friends), and 7 for Eight; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Cupid); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Friends), Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (3rd movement principal), Serenade (demi-soloist), and Symphony in Three Movements (demi-soloist); Cranko’s Onegin (Friends); Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc (Serenade); Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II (1st Shade variation); Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (pas de trois); Possokhov’s Firebird (Little Princesses), RAkU (principal), and The Rite of Spring (demi-soloist); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Balinese Princess).
Her repertory also includes Tomasson’s Swan Lake, The Fifth Season, “Haffner” Symphony, and Trio; Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; MacMillan’s Concerto (corps de ballet in pas de deux excerpt); McGregor’s Borderlands and Chroma; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Francesca da Rimini and Classical Symphony; Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy (Symphony #9); Robbins’ Glass Pieces; Scarlett’s Hummingbird; and Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Within the Golden Hour.
Ishihara danced in the film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. As a guest artist, she performed Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and the Act 2 pas de deux from Giselle at the World Stars of Classical Ballet Gala in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October 2014. She danced the Act 3 pas de deux from Don Quixote and the Act 2 pas de deux from Giselle at the International Ballet Gala: World Ballet Superstars in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August 2014.
She received a silver medal at Tanzolymp International Dance Festival and first place at the Youth America Grand Prix San Francisco Regionals, both in 2010.