Svetlana Zakharova – Audemars Piguet’s new ambassadress

Sep 28, 2009
Shortly after Audemars Piguet had entered into a partnership with the legendary Bolshoi Theater, Svetlana Zakharova, a graceful star of the Bolshoi Ballet and Opera was appointed a new ambassadress for the brand.

According to Audemars Piguet CEO, Philippe Merk, the company is proud to be associated with Svetlana Zakharova, who is regarded as the best dancer in the world. He also added that Svetlana’s activity truly reflected the brand’s core values, which were high standards, strict discipline and excellence.

Born in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk, at the age of 10 Svetlana Zakharova entered Kiev Ballet School and began her studies in Valeriya Sulegina’s class. When she was 15, she became the youngest participant of the Vaganova-Prix Young Dancers’ Competition. In spite of her age, she was bestowed with the second prize and afterwards admitted to the third year of studies at the A.Y. Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.

After graduating from the Academy, Zakharova started to perform in the Mariinsky Theatre Company, where her bright talent was again highly appreciated: by the following season she had been appointed a soloist.

Svetlana asserted herself as a new star of Russian ballet, when she still was an Academy student: she brilliantly debuted as the Mistress of the Dryads in Don Quixote, performed in Mariinsky Theater. The part of Maria in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai was her second important work.

Dancing the part of Giselle was Zakharova’s first major success. Neither audience nor critics let her performance go by unnoticed. Under impression, Vladimir Vasiliev invited the talented dancer to perform in the Bolshoi Theatre.

Alongside with her activity in the Mariinsky Theatre, Zakharova started successfully demonstrating her talent on the stages of Paris, Munich, New York, Buenos-Aires, Tokyo, London. One of the brightest events in her career was dancing in La Bayadere at the Paris Opera in 2001: she was the first Russian ballerina to dance at this great Theater in a French production after a thirteen-year long “iron curtain” period.

No matter where she works, Svetlana Zakharova happens to be an incarnation of pure style of the Russian school of ballet.

In 2008, she was conferred the title of People’s Artist of the Russian Federation. She also became the first Russian ballerina bestowed the title of the La Scala Ballet Company Etoile.

In 2006, she was chosen to be a member of the Presidential Council for Culture and Arts.

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