Born in Rostov, Russia, Gennadi Nedvigin began his initial training at a local ballet school at the age of five. At 10 years old, Nedvigin was accepted into Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the ballet world. Upon graduating, the young dancer joined his first professional company, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, as a soloist, before he was invited to dance with Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris. In 1997, while on tour in the United States, San Francisco Ballet’s artistic director, Helgi Tomasson, offered Gennadi a soloist contract. Later that year, Nedvigin joined San Francisco Ballet. After three years with the company, he was promoted to principal dancer.
Nedvigin’s major roles include Albrecht in Giselle, Nutcracker Prince in Nutcracker, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Prince Desiré and Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake by Tomasson, Basilio in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Franz in Balanchine’s Coppélia, Lensky in Cranko’s Onegin, and Aminta in Morris’ Sylvia.
His repertory also includes principal roles in works of other world-known choreographers such as Julia Adam, Sir Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, Michel Fokine, William Forsythe, Johan Kobborg, Serge Lifar, Kenneth MacMillan, Hans van Manen, Mark Morris, Rudolf Nureyev, Ashley Page, Yuri Possokhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Paul Taylor, Helgi Tomasson, Anthony Tudor, Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, Renato Zanella, and others.
During his career in San Francisco, Nedvigin was a winner of the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999) and received two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001 & 2010). Over the years, Nedvigin has shared his knowledge and training with other dancers by teaching master classes at numerous highly esteemed ballet schools in America. Exposing his excellence to audiences worldwide, Nedvigin has been a guest artist with several internationally acclaimed companies and has appeared in many gala performances, tours, and festivals across the globe.
During his time at San Francisco Ballet, Nedvigin served as ballet master for a number of works of Yuri Possokhov, including Classical Symphony and Swimmer, as well as excerpts from other works including Bells, Diving into the Lilacs, and Carmen. He also staged Classical Symphony at Tulsa Ballet, Romanian National Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. Nedvigin claims that his experience setting the work at Atlanta Ballet during the 2015 season inspired him to apply for the directorship position when it later became available.
In February 2016, Nedvigin was appointed the fourth artistic director of Atlanta Ballet in the company’s 87-year history. In June 2016, he represented Atlanta Ballet as a member of the jury at The World Ballet Competition 10th Anniversary Finals in Orlando, Florida. Marking his official transition from elite performer to artistic director of Atlanta Ballet, Nedvigin gave his final performance as a professional dancer in July 2016 at Despertares – an international ballet and modern dance festival held in Guadalajara, Mexico.