Straight after a touring performance of Swan Lake in March 2012, artistic director Ted Brandsen promoted Artur Shesterikov to principal. Artur trained in his hometown at the Ballet Academy of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, one of the top three ballet academies in Russia. He made the switch from the Tchaikovsky Perm Ballet to the Dutch National Ballet in 2007. Artur started out in the corps de ballet, but was rapidly promoted to coryphée and to soloist in 2010. In 2012 he became a principal. Apart from most of the classical ballets, he performs in the work of choreographers such as George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Benjamin Millepied. Among others, he has worked with Krzysztof Pastor, Hans van Manen, John Neumeier, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Natalia Makarova and Peter Wright.
At the International Ballet Competition Arabesk in 2004, he was announced as ‘most talented dancer’. September 2016 Artur received the Alexandra Radius award, named after the famous Dutch former prima ballerina. In 2017 he was announced by Critic's choice in the category 'Outstanding performance by a male dancer'.
- With the Dutch National Ballet since: 2007
- Place of birth: Perm (Russia)
- Career with Dutch National Ballet: Principal (2012), soloist (2010), coryphée (2009), corps de ballet (2007)
- Previously danced with: Perm Ballet (Perm, Russia)
- Training: Perm State choreographic college (Perm, Russia)
- Awards: 2017, Outstanding performance by a male dancer - Critic's choice; 2016, Alexandra Radius Award; 2004, International Ballet Competition ‘Arabesk’, finalist