Erik Murzagaliyev’s dance career began at the age of nine when he was admitted to the national ballet school in his home country of Kazakhstan. He joined the Norwegian National Ballet in the autumn of 2018, after spending eight years in the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich, where he was first soloist.
He has danced the leading roles in Cranko’s Onegin, Spuck’s Anna Karenina, Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, McGregor’s Kairos and Sunyata, Ratmansky’s Paquita, Bart’s La Bayadere, Petipa’s Le Corsaire and Grigorovich’s Spartacus. He has also danced solo roles in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and Neumeier’s The Nutcracker.
Murzagaliyev toured with Maliphant’s ballets Conceal/Reveal and Broken Fall, the latter with Lucia Lacarra. Apart from dancing, he plays guitar and sings and is very fond of heavy metal.