Born in Gunma, Japan, Momoko Hirata started dancing at the age of five. She trained at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School and danced the pas de deux from The Two Pigeons with The Royal Ballet in 2003. She joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2003 and was promoted to First Artist in 2005 to Soloist in 2008 and then to First Soloist in 2010. In 2011 Momoko joined Corella Ballet as a Principal. She returned to Brimingham Ballet this Spring.
A winner of the Prix de Lausanne in 2001, Ms. Hirata’s repertoire with the Birmingham Royal Ballet includes: Frederick Ashton’s Enigma Variations, Dante Sonata, La Fille Mal Gardée, Scènes de Ballet and The Two Pigeons; George Balanchine’s Apollo (Polyhymnia) and Western Symphony; David Bintley’s Carmina Burana (Lover Girl), Hobson’s Choice (Salvation Army), The Nutcracker Sweeties (Candy Kane), The Seasons (‘Spring’, ‘Winter’), The Shakespeare Suite (Titania), Beauty and the Beast (Wild Girl), Sylvia (Sylvia), E=mc² (‘Celeritas²), Allegri diversi, Les Petits Riens, The Sons of Horus and David Bintley and Galina Samsova’s production of Giselle (‘Harvest pas de deux’); Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet’s Friends), Marius Petipa’s Paquita (leading role); Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs (‘Softly’, ‘Forget Domani’); and Peter Wright’s productions of The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, Rose Fairy), The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Enchanted Princess, Fairy of Temperament) and Swan Lake (Cygnets, Italian Princess, pas de trois); as well as works by Kim Brandstrup, Oliver Hindle and Kenneth Archer.