was born in Russia.Graduated from Vaganova Ballet school (now Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet) under the guidance of famous N.Dudinskaia,K.Sergeiev,G.Seliutsky.Later he also studied under N.Dolgushin at Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory and graduated as a choreographer and teacher.He began his career when he signed in in the Small Theatre( now Mikhailovsky theatre),where he danced solo roles in Vain Prudence,Nutcracker,Copellia.In 1981 he accepted an offer from the well -known Estonian choreographer Ullo Vilimaa to become the first soloist in the Theatre Vanemuine in Estonia.It was here that he began to create one -act and feature ballets : Satanella (C.Pugni),The Prince of Pagodas(B.Britten),Peter and Wolf(S.Prokofiev),Birth of Dance(Space),Trap(W.Wieckman).He conceived for Estonian television Stranger in the Night (F.Sinatra),Vasily Medvedev Dancing, The Life(P.Viacha),for the French channel "La 5" Summer Bolero(M.Ravel ) - together with soloists from the Kirov Ballet (now Mariinsky.)
As a dancer he performed the roles of Albert in Giselle,Fabio in Satanella,the Prince in Nutcracker,Franz in Copellia,James in La Sylphide,Prince Salamander in Prince of Pagodas.As an appreciation of his personal endowment and of his development of the art of ballet in Estonia Vasily Medvedev received a number of State awards,for instance the Prize of Ministry of Culture,the Prize of Union of Theatre Artists and also the title Honored Artist.In the Great Estonian Encyclopedia a special page is devoted to Medvedev.
As a dancer he received invitations to prestigious International Gala concerts and Festivals such as " "World Ballet Festival"( Donetsk ,Ukraine 1998)," World Stars Gala" (Minsk ,Belarus 1994),"Stars of St.Petersburg Ballet" ( USA, 2000,2001),"Notte di Stelle" ( Cagliari,Italy 1997,98) "Gala International" ( Estonia,Lithuania 1998), " Y.Makhalina and Stars of St.Petersburg Ballet" (Argentina,Costa Rica 2001), "Stars of St.Petersburg Ballet" (USA,2002).In many of these events Medvedev was also Artistic director of the company. In 2005 Vasily organized international Gala of Ballet Stars in Mikhailovsky theatre as a part of International theatre festival "Art Square" directed by famous maestro Yuri Temirkanov.
One of his most succesfull and most staged ballets is Onegin presented in National Theatre in Prague in 1999.Mr.Medvedev was awarded by US Pushkin Legacy with Pushkin Legacy Ballet Award for the choreography of Onegin and also the main soloists Tereza Podarilova and Stanislav Feco were awarded by the same prize. "Onegin" has premiere in February 2005 in Moravian Theatre Olomouc,Czech republic and in Theatre Vanemuine, Tartu, Estonia in November 2007 ,where Vasily received an Certificate of Achievement from International Pushkin Charity Fund for their cultural related to the Ballet "Onegin" and to promoting the humanitarian ideals of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin . Vasily together with the Pushkin Legacy shows his international project "Onegin" at Santa Fe Opera Theatre,with the Corps de Ballet of the National Theatre Brno,principals from The Royal Ballet London- V.Samodurov, Kirov Ballet - I.Kolb and Stuttgart Ballet - M.Eichwald, with the Santa Fe Orchestra conducted by A.Anikhanov.
Fragments from the ballet Onegin were successfully performed on many important ballet gala's around the world as Gala des etoiles in Montreal 2003, World Ballet Stars in Spoleto 2002 and Russian Ballet Stars in Japan, 2002, or World Stars in Donetsk 2001 , and were interpreted by famous dancers as Julia Makhalina(Kirov Ballet) , Daria Klimentova and Elena Glurdzhidze (English National Ballet) , Elvira Khabibulina (Mikhailovsky Theatre ) In 2012 - fragment from Onegin was included as an obligatory contemporary choreography to the the Boston International Ballet Competition .
Ballet Lady of the Camellias was first presented in Mikhailovsky Theatre (St.Petersburg)in 1995 ,than 1996 with company Russian Ballet (St.Petersburg) and also with the ballet of Moravian Theatre in Olomouc (Czech rep.). In 2012 Vasily created a new 2.act version for the Sarajevo Ballet.
Very special place in Medvedev's creating has National Ballet of Bosnia and Herzegovina . He made here several choreographies since 2004 when he produced La Fille mal gardee. Swan Lake with the principal dancers of the Mariinsky theatre and Stuttgart ballet - Sofia Gumerova and Mikhail Kaniskin( currently principal dancer of the Staatsballett Berlin),in June 2006,was called by press as a Victory of the classical ballet and as an biggest event in the cultural life of the city Sarajevo in the past several years. In 2008 it was ballet Cinderella on music of J.Strauss son,and it becomes soon an hit for the Sarajevo audience. Role of the Prince danced as a guest ,Stanislav Feco.Cinderella was imediatelly staged in 2009 at the State Ballet in Izmir,Turkey and 2011 in National Theatre of Ukraine in Kharkov Next ballet created in Sarajevo was Coppelia and finally in 2012 another staging of succesful Lady of the Camellias.
Production of Vasily Medvedev Nutcracker with the Ballet of the National Theatre Brno(Czech.rep) in December 2001. Ballet Nutcracker received "Prize of the audience" in 2003 and 2004.Principal dancer of the company Michal Stipa( currently principal dancer of the National theatre in Prague) a for role of Prince Nutcracker was awarded by PHILIP MORRIS BALLET FLOWER AWARD. Primaballerina of the company -Jana Pribylova was nominated for the PRIZE of THALIA 2001 for the role of Clara.
In November 2008 ,Vasily has created the new production of the ballet Seven Beauties on music by Qara Qarayev at National Theatre of Azerbaijan in Baku. Ballet Seven Beauties received highest National award Zirvia and was succesfully performed at the Bolshoi theatre in February 2011.
December 25th ,2009 was a Vasily's successful debut at the famous Bolshoi theatre with the ballet La Esmeralda. This production he made togheter with the artistic dirtector of the Bolshoi Ballet Yuri Burlaka. In April 2011, has La Esmeralda premiere with Staatsballet Berlin at Deutsche Oper ,Germany. In 2012 ,ballet La Esmeralda has been shown "LIVE" from the BOLSHOI THEATRE to the more than 400 cinemas all over the world. And in September 2012 was staged with the Compañía Nacional de Danza in Mexico and principals of the Staatsballett Berlin - Elisa Carillo and Mikhail Kaniskin.
Vasily has also collaborated with the ballet schools "Paluca " in Dresden,Strasbourg,Munich,Forli in Italy, with the Vaganova Academy of Russian ballet for which he has conceived several choreographic miniatures .
Vasily is an founder and artistic director of the International St.Petersburg Dance Open Ballet Festival and Dance Competition since 2003,which become in our days one of the most important International Ballet festivals in the world.
Vasily Medvedev become a Member of the International Dance Council CID -UNESCO from 2007.
- professor of the choreography at Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet
- Member of the International Dance Council CID -UNESCO
- founder and artistic director of the International Ballet Festival "Dance Open"