Keiichi Hirano was born in Osaka, Japan and trained at the
Setsuko Hirano Ballet School. Mr. Hirano joined The National Ballet of Canada
in 1999 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2006.
Mr. Hirano’s repertoire includes the role of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Jack/The Knave of
Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland and Peter/The Nutcracker in The
Nutcracker as well asfeatured roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping
Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella,
An Italian Straw Hat, La Fille mal gardée, The Seagull, Hamlet, Madame Butterfly, La Sylphide, Etudes,
Opus 19/The Dreamer, Jewels, The Four Temperaments, Theme and Variations, Carmen, Pur ti Miro, Emergence and No. 24. Recently, Mr. Hirano danced the role
of the Faun and Golden Slave in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier.
Mr. Hirano was awarded the David Tory Award in 2010 and in the William Marrié Award for Dramatic
Excellence in 2003.
Keiichi Hirano is sponsored through Dancers First by Patricia
“Keiichi Hirano’s body moves with the suppleness of a serpent
in the role of the Golden Slave in Scheherazade.” The National Post,
“The lead male, danced with riveting intensity and intimate
emotional depth by first soloist Keiichi Hirano in his Saturday matinee role
debut, leads us into a world of his own imagining, fraught with longing and
poignancy.” The Toronto
Adventures in Wonderland
“Keiichi Hirano danced beautifully as The
Knave of Hearts, partnering expertly in the final Wonderland pas de deux,
reminding us just how beautiful classical dance can be.” The Hamilton Spectator, 2011