Audemars Piguet’s latest ambassadress Svetlana Zakharova

September 2009

Svetlana Zakharova, principal dancer of the Bolshoi theatre, becomes Audemars Piguet’s latest ambassadress

Audemars Piguet, which has just announced its association with the legendary Bolshoi theatre, also proudly introduces the latest star to grace its select constellation of brand ambassadresses: Svetlana Zakharova, principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet and Opera.

Svetlana Zakharova has been acknowledged for her skills. She is the recipient of awards such as a prize from the Vaganova-Prix competition, the Our Hope prize from Baltica Brewery (1997), and the special St. Petersburg prize People of Our City (2001). She was twice awarded the Golden Mask National theatre award for the best woman ballet role – in 1999 (Serenada by Georges Balanchine) and in 2000 (The Sleeping Beauty – version by Sergei Vikharev).

In 2005 she was awarded the title of Merited Artist of the Russian Federation; also, for her performance as Hippolyta-Titania in John Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, she was awarded the Benois de la Danse International Dance Association prize. Two years later, she was awarded the State Prize of Russia for ‘the talented evocation of stage characters and the development of Russian ballet great traditions’ and Ballet magazine’s Soul of Dance prize (Queen of the Dance nomination).

In 2008, she was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the Russian Federation and became the first Russian dancer conferred the title of the La Scala Ballet Company Étoile. In 2006, she was admitted to the Presidential Council for Culture and Arts.

“We are extremely proud and honoured to have the talented Svetlana Zakharova as one of our new ambassadresses. She embodies high standards, rigorous discipline and excellence, three values deeply cherished by our brand. Svetlana is considered to be one of the greatest dancers of this century and her international reputation gives her opportunities to perform around the world”, said Audemars Piguet CEO, Philippe Merk.