Japanese dancer Ryoichi Hirano is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined the The Royal Ballet as a Prix de Lausanne apprentice in 2001 and became an Artist in 2002, promoted to First Artist in 2007, Soloist in 2008, First Soloist in 2012 and Principal in 2016. Guest principal of Norwegian National Ballet in 2016 and guest principal of Scottish Ballet in 2022.
His repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Leontes and Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale), Espada (Don Quixote), Tybalt, Paris and Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Princeton Gremin, Onegin (Onegin), Jean de Brienne (Raymonda Act III), Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Prince (The Prince of the Pagodas, The Nutcracker), Rasputin (Anastasia), Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Robert Wood (Sweet Violets), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Black Knight (Checkmate), Dr Samuel-Jean Pozzi (Strapless), Creature (Frankenstein), Solor (La Bayadère), Lt. Colonel Vershinin (Winter Dreams), Ivan Tsarevich (The Firebird) and roles in After the Rain, Woolf Works, Song of the Earth, The Two Pigeons, Gloria, Concerto, Chroma, Viscera, Emeralds and Diamonds in Jewels, Serenade, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Voluntaries (pas de trois), Aeternum, Within The Golden Hour, Multiverse and Medusa.