Yury Fateyev was born in Leningrad and graduated from the Leningrad Academic Vaganova Choreography School in 1982. He joined the Kirov (now called Mariinsky) Ballet the same year.
His repertoire included such ballets as Giselle, La Bayadère, Paquita, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Creation of the World, Le Carnaval, La Fille mal Gardée, Knight in the Tiger’s Skin and Coppélia.
In 1996 he became a coach with the Mariinsky Ballet, and in this post he worked on Mariinsky Theatre premiere performances of ballets by George Balanchine, Roland Petit, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon and José Antonio.
Mr. Fateyev has been a guest coach with the Royal Ballet in London and Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, and he has given master-classes for the ballet company of the Opéra de Paris, as well as taught for the Swedish Royal Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet (USA) and the Danish Royal Ballet. In the last he staged a production of highlights from the ballet Le Corsaire. He was involved in the Kings of Dance project in Russia and the USA as well as Stiefel and Stars in the USA, where he staged highlights from classical ballets.
Since 2008 he has been Acting Head of the Mariinsky Ballet. In 2010 Mr. Fateyev was awarded the title Merited Artist of Russia.