Name: Maria Kochetkova
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Training: Bolshoi Ballet School
Prix de Lausanne: 2002 Scholarship Stage Professionnel
Previous companies/positions: Apprentice Royal Ballet, Soloist English National Ballet
Current company/position: Principal Dancer San Francisco Ballet
Favorite roles/choreographies: Giselle, Aurore, Juliet, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian
Career highlight: World Ballet Festival in Tokyo 2009, Isadora Duncan dance award for the role of Giselle, working with Alla Osipenko on the role of Juliet.
Message to the Prix de Lausanne candidates: You have a great opportunity to take your talent to a new level, meet other dancers from different schools and backgrounds and work with some of the best teachers. I wish you the best of luck!
Message to the Prix de Lausanne organisation: The Prix de Lausanne has been an important turning point in many dancers’ career. Thank you for giving me this great opportunity.