This is Mr. Tapkharov’s first season with The Washington Ballet. Mr. Tapkharov is originally from Irkutsk, Russia. He received his education at the Buryat Republican Choreographic School and the East Siberian State Institute of Culture in 2012. As an artist with the Russian Ballet (2014-2021), Imperial Russian Ballet (2016-2020), and Musical Theater of the Republic of Karelia (2019-2021), Mr. Tapkharov has performed numerous roles for the Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Russian National Ballet, Imperial Russian Ballet, and Musical Theater of the Republic of Karelia. He has participated in competitions such as the Perm “Arabesque of Ekaterina Maximova” and the All-Russian Ballet and Choreography Artists Competition. He has toured in countries such as Spain, Portugal, Canada, the United States, and the Baltic countries.