FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
HERMAN CORNEJO is one of the most celebrated dancers of our present age.
He was admitted to study at the Teatro Colón Institute for the Arts in Buenos Aires at the age of 9. At age 14 he received a scholarship from the School of American Ballet, after which he was summoned by Julio Bocca to join the Ballet Argentino, alternating the major roles of the repertoire with him during the world tour of the company.
At 16 he won the Gold Medal at the VIII International Moscow Competition, being the youngest dancer to get this award in the history of the competition until now. In 1998, at 17, he was invited to join ABT Studio Company. In 1999 he was selected to perform Bronze Idol in Makarova's La Bayadere with the American Ballet Theatre in Japan. He was promoted to soloist in 2000 and to Principal Dancer in 2003. Since then, he has been one of the greatest stars of the company. He has been acknowledged by the international press as the best technical dancer of the 21st century as well as one of the most charismatic and artistic interpreters on stage.
Considered a prodigy by teachers and critics alike, he has received numerous awards and honors. Among the most important ones, he was appointed Messenger of Peace by UNESCO; "Dancer of the Year" by The New York Times; The Star of the 21st Century Award in New York; Mr. Expressivity award in St.Petersburg; New York Dance Outstanding Performer “The Bessies Award”; the “Positano Award” as Best World Male Dancer. He is a winner of the Prix Benois de la Danse as the Best Dancer of the World; he was awarded the “The Platinum Konex” as the Best Argentine Dancer in last decade in 2019.
In 2012, he began an intense artistic collaboration with the great Italian ballerina Alessandra Ferri, beginning with the production of "Cheri", directed by Martha Clarke. This collaboration has given impulse to various other projects, such as "Trio ConcertDance" and "Evolution".
In 2015, he debuted as artistic director of the "Latin American Stars" Gala, as a part of "BalletNOW", organized by the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
Throughout his career, Herman has become one of the favorite artists of the most famous international galas and guest artist with major companies in the world, including the Argentine Teatro Colón, La Scala de Milán, Universal Ballet of Korea, National Ballet of Japan, Kremlin Ballet, Dortmund Ballett, Hamburg Ballet, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Martha Graham Company, Ballet Hispánico, Ballet Contemporáneo de Cuba.
He has also donated his time to perform in charity events for several organizations, such as The Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall, where he performed with Sting, and in events raising funds for medical research to fight Cancer, Down Syndrome and Poliomyelitis.
His repertoire consists of more than ninety leading roles of classical, modern and contemporary ballets.
He also works regularly with today’s finest choreographers. Twyla Tharp, Wayne McGregor, Mauro Bigonzetti, Jorma Elo, Alexei Ratmansky, Stanton Welch, Martha Clarke, Natalie Weir, Russell Maliphant, Mark Morris, Demis Volpi and Justin Peck, among others, have created leading roles especially for him.
Cornejo has also choreographed for himself: “Tango y Yo” for Dance Open Festival 2010 in Saint Petersburg, “Two sunsets” for the “Dance against Cancer” event in 2012, “Transcendence” in collaboration with bandoneonist JP Jofre for the Kings of the Dance Tour 2014, “Milongon amigo” for the Vail International Festival in 2016 and “Momentum” with pianist Bruce Levingston for “Trio ConcertDance”.
In 2019 he celebrated his 20th Anniversary with the American Ballet Theatre.