OKUMURA Kosuke as Basilio in Alexei FADEECHEV's production of Don Quixote ©SETO Hidemi

OKUMURA Kosuke was born in Osaka and began his ballet studies with JINUSHI Kaoru at the Jinushi Kaoru Ecole de Ballet at the age of 5. He won first place in the senior category at the 18th All Japan Ballet Competition in 2007, silver medal in the senior category at the 11th Moscow International Ballet Competition and also secured silver in the same category at the 9th USA International Ballet Competition. Kosuke has an extensive repertory and has danced leading roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and The Prince of the Pagodas. He also received the New Comer Award at the 2010 National Arts Festival as well as the Encouragement Prize at the Osaka Cultural Festival in 2012. From the 2011/2012 season, he joined the National Ballet of Japan as Soloist. He was awarded the 45th Dance Critics Association Award and was promoted to First Soloist in 2014. In 2016 he was promoted to Principal.

Repertoire with NBJ includes

  • Wayne EAGLING's production: The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré, The Blue Bird)
  • Alexei FADEECHEV's production: Don Quixote (Basilio)
  • MAKI Asami's productions: Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried, Pas de Trois), The Nutcracker (Prince, Harlequin, Trepak)
  • Konstantin SERGYEV's production: Giselle (Peasent pas des deux)
  • Frederick ASHTON: Cinderella (Prince's Friends)
  • George BALANCHINE: Symphony in C (3rd Movement Principal), Theme and Variations(Principal)
  • David BINTLEY: Carmina Burana (1st Seminarian), The Prince of the Pagodas (Prince, King of the East), Take Five (Four Square), E=mc2 (Energy), Faster (Aerials), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Southern Cape Zebra)
  • Nacho DUATO: Duende
  • HIRAYAMA Motoko: Butterfly
  • Kenneth MACMILLAN: Manon (Dancing Gentlemen, Beggar Chief)
  • Bronislava NIJINSKA: Les Noces (Villager Soloist)
  • Roland PETIT: La Chauve-souris (Garçons)