Edvald Smirnov studied in Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet and graduated from the Choreographic Department of St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1982. Since 1973 he has been the ballet dancer in the ballet troupe of the Opera studio of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He is a Professor of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet and the senior lecturer of the Chair of Ballet Direction in the St. Petersburg Conservatory, gives master classes for ballet dancers and actors all over the world. He is the Artistic Director of chamber ballet theatre “Moscow” since 1991. Smirnov’s choreographies range from ballet to musical, operetta and opera, including the short ballet “Angel” to the music of The Beatles, “Evening” and “The Guests” to the music of Gavrilin, “The Shop of Wonders” to the music of Rossini and Respighi, “Dark Avenues” to the music of Rachmaninov, “The Prodigal Son” to the music of Purcell and Kurehin, “L’arlesienne” to the music of Bizet, “Death in Venice” to the music by Mahler, etc. He has created choreography for operas, including Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades”, Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila”, Wagner’s “Die Valkyre” and “Das Rheingold”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” (all at the Mariinsky Theatre), Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” and “The Queen of Spades”, Giordano’s “André Chenier” (all at the Royal Swedish Opera), Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”, Reise’s “Rasputin”, Tukhmanov’s “Tsarina” (all at Helikon-Opera), Uspenski’s “Anna Karenina” (Lahti City Theatre), etc. He has won the 2nd prize in 1984 and the 3rd prize in 1988 at the Moscow International Ballet Competition. In 1998 Smirnov was awarded the Honorary Diploma at the International Ballet Competition “Maya”.