Rafael Urazov

From the steppes of Asia, across the Silk Road, Rafael Urazov is the Super Star of Kazakhstan National Opera and Ballet Company. Moscow Ballet’s Rafael Urazov, who was recognized by the Bolshoi’s greatest legends: Yuri Grigorovich and Vladimir Vasiliev, also received a Grant from the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and received a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan. A graduate of the Almaty Choreographic School named after A.V. Seleznev (2000-2008) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Rafael burst onto the international ballet scene with his signature traits of an athletic Oriental grace and classical precision. For nine years Urazov has danced as the leading soloist of the Abai State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in Almaty, Kazakhstan and for 5 years with the National Ballet of Russia.

Rafael holds an Honorable Mention from the Natalia Dudinskaya International Ballet Competition in "Arabesque" and received critical acclaim as one of the most promising young dancers in the competition. In 2012, Urazov was invited by Sergei Radchenko (National Artist of Russia), as his principal dancer and participated in tour of Spain performing as Nutcracker Prince in "The Nutcracker."

Rafael Uraozv hails from Almaty and was Principal Dancer at The State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Almaty as of 2008 and is Laureate and Prize Winner for the Ballet Competition “Spring” in Almaty; Laureate and Winner of First International Ballet School`s competition “ORLEU” Almaty 2008; Laureate of the international Ballet Competition "Shabyt" in Astana, Laureate and Special Prize holder in “Arabesque” at the IBC in Perm 2010. In Seoul, South Korea, 2012 he was awarded Artistic Gold Winner in the Korean International Ballet Competition (KIBC) and he received Work Contract at the National Theatre of Singapore from the KIBS judges.

Urazov participated in the Moscow International Ballet Competition "Bolshoi Theatre," received granting from "Fund of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan" and in various public events. Urazov was invited to perform in the first International Festival of the Republic of Kazakhstan, where he performed “Giselle" with stars including the Honored Artist of Russia Anastasia and Honored Artist of Russia Nikolai Tsiskaridze. He participated in various gala concerts abroad and was invited to work with international choreographers Yuri Grigorovich, Vladimir Vasiliev, Ramazan Bapov, and Boris Eifman. Urazov’s repertoire includes the ballet greats: Basile in "Don Quixote," Prince in "The Nutcracker," Ali in "Le Corsaire," Mercucio in "Romeo and Juliet," Furbo in "Pulcinella," Simpleton in "Juno and Avos," Principal Jester in "Legend of Love," Pas de Trois and Jester in "Swan Lake," Pas de Deux in "Giselle," Young Suitor in "The Fountain of Bakhchisarai," and many other performances. He tours to countries such as the USA, Spain, South Korea, Italy, Russia.