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Irek Mukhamedov was born in Kazan and trained at the Moscow Ballet School. In 1981 he won the Grand Prix at the Moscow International Ballet Competition and joined the Bolshoi Ballet as Principal. He made his debut with the company in the title role of Grigorovich's Spartacus and for nine years was the company's leading male dancer, creating the role of Boris in The Golden Age. His other roles with the company included Ivan IV in Ivan the Terrible, Jean de Brienne in Raymonda, Basilio in Don Quixote and Romeo in Grigorovich's Romeo and Juliet.  In 1988 he was awarded the Andersen Prize for Best Dancer.

He joined the Royal Ballet Company as a full-time member in June 1990 and made his debut in a pas de deux with Darcey Bussell especially created by Sir Kenneth MacMillan on 1 August 1990. He has created leading roles for the company in Winter Dreams, The Judas Tree, Mr Worldly Wise, Fearful Symmetries, ...now languorous now wild..., and Cheating, Lying, Stealing. He has made numerous international guest appearances and also tours with his own 'Irek Mukhamedov and Company'. He received the Evening Standard Ballet Award in 1992.

In 1998 he became a guest artist with the company.

Irek Mukhamedov was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List in January 2000.

After his contract with Royal Ballet ended in 2001 Irek Mukhamedov he became involved with a number of projects - "A Celebration of Ballet With Irek Mukhamedov in aid of Kids", guest appearances in Italy and with English National Ballet for their new production of "The Nutcracker" in 2002, appearances in the musical "On Your Toes". In 2002 he became a Vice President of the Arts Educational School, Tring Park.

Irek Mukhamedov returned to the Royal Ballet for the International Celebration of Kenneth Macmillan and appeared in Anastasia and Mayerling in 2004.

He has been a guest teacher at the English National Ballet School in 2004/5.

In March 2005 he staged his production of 'Spartacus' for the Hong Kong ballet.

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