Keiichi Hirano

Keiichi Hirano 14/15 Photo Credits

Keiichi Hirano. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.


Keiichi Hirano was born in Osaka, Japan and trained at the Setsuko Hirano Ballet School in Japan. Mr. Hirano joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2006.  

Mr. Hirano’s repertoire includes Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Jack/The Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker. His repertoire also includesfeatured roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella, An Italian Straw Hat, La Fille mal gardée, Nijinsky, 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 in the North American premiere of Spectre de la Rose by Marco Goecke.  

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 Younger. 


“Keiichi Hirano’s body moves with the suppleness of a serpent in the role of the Golden Slave in Scheherazade.” The National Post, 2013 

Opus 19/The Dreamer 
“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 Star, 2010 

Alice’s 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