Herbert Family Principal Dancer
Maria Kochetkova (© Chris Hardy)
Joined as a Principal Dancer in 2007.
Appointed Herbert Family Principal Dancer in 2012.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Maria Kochetkova trained at the Bolshoi School in Moscow and danced with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and as a guest artist with Tokyo Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg before joining San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2007.
Among Kochetkova’s major roles are Giselle in Tomasson’s Giselle; Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina, Queen of the Snow, and Sugar Plum Fairy in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Juliet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; Odette/Odile in Tomasson’s Swan Lake; Kitri in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Swanilda in Balanchine’s Coppélia; Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin; and Cinderella in Wheeldon’s Cinderella. She has created principal roles in Liang’s Symphonic Dances; McGregor’s Borderlands; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Diving into the Lilacs, and Francesca da Rimini; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands; Tomasson’s Caprice, On a Theme of Paganini, and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour.
Her repertory also includes Ashton’s Symphonic Variations and Voices of Spring; Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (2nd movement), Divertimento No. 15, “Emeralds,” “Rubies,” Scotch Symphony, Serenade, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Elo’s Double Evil; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and in the middle, somewhat elevated; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Manon (bedroom pas de deux from Act I) and Winter Dreams; Makarova’s (after Petipa) Kingdom of the Shades, Act II from La Bayadère (Nikiya); McGregor’s Chroma; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, A Garden, and Sandpaper Ballet; Possokhov’s Fusion and Raymonda Pas de Deux; Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons and Shostakovich Trilogy (Piano Concerto #1); Scarlett’s Hummingbird; Tomasson’s Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, Criss-Cross, “Haffner” Symphony, and Nanna’s Lied; and Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Number Nine.
A frequent guest artist, Kochetkova performs with companies worldwide. In December 2008, she was featured as the Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Tomasson’s Nutcracker, co-produced by San Francisco Ballet and KQED Public Television San Francisco, in association with Thirteen/WNET New York.
Kochetkova was nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award (U.K.) for Best Female Dancer in 2014 and for a Benois de la Danse Award in 2013, for her performance as Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin. In 2009, she was awarded the gold medal on NBC’s Superstars of Dance. She won the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Individual Performance for Giselle during the 2008 Repertory Season; gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions in Korea and Italy in 2005; a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition of Luxembourg in 2003; a silver medal and the jury prize at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2002; a silver medal at the Prix de Lausanne that same year; and a bronze medal at Moscow International Competition in 2001.