Denis Matvienko was born in Dnepropetrovsk in 1979 and graduated from the Kiev Ballet School in 1997. From 1997 through 2001, he was a soloist of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre named after T. Shevchenko in Kiev, Ukraine. He then joined the Mariinsky Theatre in 2001. Mr. Matvienko is a prizewinner of three International Ballet Competitions: Lux burg in 1997, Budapest in 1998, and Nagoya in 1999. His repertoire includes: Basil in Don Quixote, eralds in Jewels, James in La Sylphide, Ali in Le Corsaire, and theme and Variations.