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Daniil Simkin was born into a ballet family in Novosibirsk, Russia. At the age of three, his family moved to Germany and took residence in Wiesbaden, Germany, where Daniil grew up. He gained early stage experience at the age of five, dancing with his father, Dmitrij Simkin, in many productions of the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, with roles gradually increasing in difficulty.

At the age of nine, Daniil began ten years of classical ballet training under the mentorship of his mother, Olga Aleksandrova, with his international performing career starting at the age of 12. In these years, he won a number of important ballet awards, including the Senior Gold Medal at the Jackson International Ballet competition in 2006, the Grand Prix at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition in 2005, the Junior Gold Medal at Varna International Ballet Competition in 2004, 1st Prize senior, Prize “Mikhail Baryshnikov” 8th International Ballet Competition “Arabesque” Perm, Russia in 2004 , the Gold Medal at the 7th International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg and the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Vienna in 2004. At the same time, he started performing in Ballet galas around the world.

After graduating academic high school in Germany with an “Abitur", Daniil joined the Vienna State Opera Ballet as a demi-soloist in 2006 during which time he performed his first principal role in Vasily Vainonen’s Nutcracker in Vienna. He guested as a Principal dancer for the first time in Basilio in Don Quixote at the Lithuanian National Opera in Vilnius in 2007.

In 2008, he joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist and was subsequently promoted to principal dancer in 2012. He since then has danced most major classical and neoclassical roles in the company’s repertoire including “Albrecht" in Giselle, "Prince Siegfried" in Swan Lake, "Prince Desire" in Sleeping Beauty, “Basilio" in Don Quixote, "The Prince" in Nutcracker and others. Out of the neoclassical repertoire, he performed “Mercutio” and “Romeo" in McMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, “Lensky" in Cranko’s Onegin, “Lescaut" in McMillan’s Manon, “Spectre” in Fokine’s “ La Spectre De La Rose,” “The Boy With Matted Hair” in Tudor’s Shadowplay among others. He danced several leading roles in ballets by George Balanchine such as Theme and Variations, Prodigal Son, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux, Symphony C and Allegro Brilliante.

Daniil created roles together with current choreographers such as Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, Alexander Ekman, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Jorma Elo and Alejandro Cerrudo and has additionally performed in pieces by Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor and Jiri Kylian.

Throughout his international career, Daniil received acclaim performing throughout North and South America, Asia, and the Middle East. He organized International Ballet Galas in Greece in 2009 and in Japan in 2012. In 2015, together with the Joyce Theater in New York, Daniil spearheaded and produced an evening of original contemporary choreography called “INTENSIO,” which toured the United States and internationally.

His latest endeavor is the production of a multi-disciplinary dance installation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York which involves generative video projections and costumes by Dior.