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 Musorgsky Small 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 soloist from the Kirov Ballet.
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 awards, for instance the State Prize, the Prize of Ministry of Culture, the Prize of Union of Theatre Artists and also the title Honoured Artist. in the Great estonian Encyclopedia a special page is devoted to Medvedev.
Since 1989 Vasily collaborated as a dancer and choreographer with various theatres and companies in Russia and abroad. Above all he has been involved in stagings in the Mariinsky Theatre, Musorgsky Theatre, Russian Ballet, Academic Ballet Theatre ,Chamber Ballet (all St.Petersburg), the State Theatre in Moscow, Moscow Chamber Ballet as well as in the New Classical Ballet, Baletto Cagliari, National Theatre in Prague, Prague Chamber Ballet, Moravian Theatre in Olomouc and the Municipal Theatre in Usti nad Labem (Czech republic).
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, Belorus 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 Musorgsky theatre as a part of International theatral festival "Art Square" directed by famous maestro Yuri Temirkanov.
Of the recent larger choreographic projects it is worth mentioning the ballet "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. 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 Yulia Makhalina (Kirov Ballet), Daria Klimentova (English National Ballet), Elvira Khabibulina (Mousorgsky Theatre) or Elena Glurdzhidze (English National Ballet).
Other works: La Damme aux camelias and Salome in Musorgsky Theatre (St.Petersburg), La Damme aux camelias in Russian Ballet (St.Petersburg) and also in the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc (Czech rep.), Romeo and Juliette and La Fille mal gardee in Municipal Theatre in Usti nad Labem (Czech rep.)
Latest large production of Vasily is ballet "SWAN LAKE" with National ballet of Bosnia and Herzegovina and principal soloists from Mariinsky theatre and Stuttgart Ballet - Sofia Gumerova and Mikhail Kaniskin, in Sarajevo in June 2006. The press called this production as a victory of classical ballet and as a biggest event in the cultural history of the city Sarajevo in several past years.
Other large production of Vasily Medvedev is ballet "LE CORSAIRE" with Ballet of the National Theatre Brno in April 2005 and was voted by audience as Best performance of the year and received "Prize of audience". His production Le Corsaire was staged in 2006 in State Opera and Ballet in Izmir, Turkey and in 2007 will be premiere of Medvedevís Corsaire in National Opera and Ballet in Bucharest, Romania. Another production of his successful ballet "Onegin" has premiere in February 2005 in Moravian Theatre Olomouc, Czech republic. Medvedev's "La Fille mal gardee" has place in repertory of The National Theatre of Bosnia and Herzegovina from November 2004.
In September 2004 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.
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. The main soloists have received a several prestigious awards or nominations.
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 and where he also held an appointment as a teacher.
In April 2005 Vasily Medvedev received an invitation to teach classes at the famous Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Vasily is an founder and artistic director of the International St.Petersburg Dance Open Ballet Festival and Dance Competition since 2003.
Medvedev has appeared as a guest artist in many countries in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Latin America and South Africa.