Diana Vishneva was born in 1976 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She entered the Agrippina Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 1987. She then went on to join the Mariinsky Theatre in 1995 and became a soloist in 1996. Her repertoire with the company includes the title roles in Giselle and Manon, Kitri in Don Quixote, Masha in The Nutcracker, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Clemance in Raymonda, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, the third movement in Symphony in C, Terpsichore in Apollo, Rubies in Jewels, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Grand Pas Classique, among others.
Diana Vishneva debuted with the American Ballet Theatre in 2003. Her repertory with the Company includes a leading role in Ballet Imperial, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Kitri in Don Quixote, Titania in The Dream, Giselle in Giselle, Manon in Manon, Olga in On the Dnieper, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Sylvia in Sylvia and the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.
Other notable awards:
- Gold Medal and Grand Prix of The International Ballet Competition in Lausanne,1994
- “La Divina” Prize, 1995
- “Benua de la Dance” prize for the role of Kitri in “Don Quixote”, 1996
- “Golden Sophit” prize for the solo role in “The Symphony in C”, 1996
- “Baltika” Prize for “Best Duet” (D. Vishneva and F. Ruzimatov), 1998
- The State Prizes of the Russian Federation (for the title roles in the Mariinsky Theatre performances: “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Manon”, “Le jeune homme et la mort”, “Sheherazade”), 2000
- “Golden Mask” Prize for the title role in Balanchine’s “Rubies”, 2001
- “Best dancer of the Europe” (Dancer of the Year) by “Dance Europe” magazine, 2002
- “Spirit of dance” in “Queen of dance” nomination by “Ballet” magazine, 2003