Born in Moscow. In 1988, on completing his studies at the Moscow College of Choreography (Alexander Prokofiev's class), he joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. In 1991, he graduated from the
performers' faculty of the Institute of Choreography (today Institute and College have been amalgamated into the Moscow State Academy of Choreography).
He rehearsed under Nikolai Simachyov and Marina Semyonova, Nikolai Fadeyechev.
In 2008-11, he was Moscow’s Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre Director of Ballet.
In 2011, he became the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Director.
Benedict (Love for Love. Music by Tikhon Khrennikov. Vera Boccadoro production)
Paris (Romeo and Juliet. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Little Count Cherry (Cipollino. Music by Karen Khachaturyan. Genrikh Mayorov production)
Pas d'Esclave (Le Corsaire. Konstantin Sergeyev production)
Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake. Choreography by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Alexander Gorsky. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Count Albrecht (Giselle. Yuri Grigorovich production; then Vladimir Vasiliev production)
The Nutcracker-Prince (Nutcracker. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Prince Desire, Blue Bird (The Sleeping Beauty. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Solor (La Bayadere. Yuri Grigorovich production)
James (La Sylphide. Choreography by August Bournonville) - creation at Bolshoi Theatre
Conrad (Le Corsaire. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Title role (Romeo and Juliet. Choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky)
Tom (The Last Tango to music by Astor Piazzolla. Veacheslav Gordeyev creation)
Prince (Swan Lake. Vladimir Vasiliev production)
Jean de Brienne (Raimonda. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Soloist (Mozartiana) - creation at Bolshoi Theatre
Soloist (Dreams about Japan. Alexei Ratmansky creation)
Basilio (Don Quixote. Alexei Fadeyechev production)
Soloist Part 1 (Symphony in С; choreography by Georges Balanchine)
Lord Wilson-Taor (La Fille du Pharaon. Pierre Lacotte production after Marius Petipa) - creation
Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake. Yuri Grigorovich second version)
Colas (La Fille mal gardee. Music by Louis Herold. Choreography by Frederick Ashton)
Ballet Dancer (The Bright Stream. Music by Dmitry Shostakovich. Alexei Ratmansky creation )
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
Hannan (Lea to music by Leonard Bernstein. Alexei Ratmansky production) - creation at Bolshoi Theatre
Prince (Cinderella. Yuri Possokhov and Yuri Borisov creation)
Conrad (Le Corsaire. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa) - on the Bolshoi Theatre tour in London
Teacher (Georges Delerue's The Lesson; choreography by Flemming Flindt)
In 1997, he took part in the Bolshoi Theatre New Year Premieres of works by young choreographers - he and Anastasia Yatsenko danced the lead roles in Alexander Ratmansky's ballet
Capriccio to music by Igor Stravinsky.
In 1998, as part of the same New Year Premieres project, he danced the part of Teacher in the Russian premiere of the The Lesson, by Danish choreographer, Fleming Flindt, to music by Georges Delarue (the part of Pupil was danced by Inna Petrova).
He was one of the first dancers to perform Alexei Ratmansky's ballet, Charms of Mannerism, to music by Richard Strauss (1997 - a Postmodern-Theatre enterprise).
In 2004, he played one of the leads in the Mayakovsky Theatre premiere of the ballet-comedy Love through the Eyes of a Detective after the play by Peter Shaffer The Private Eye (director - Sergei Artsibashev, choreographer - Vyacheslav Gordeyev).
In 1997, he appeared in Lisbon, in a Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty.
In 1999, with Nina Ananiashvili, he danced the main roles in a Paliashvili Theatre of Opera and Ballet production of Swan Lake, in Tbilisi.
In 2000, he took part in the International Ballet Festival, in Tokyo: he danced the second act of Jean Schneitzhoeffer's La Sylphide (choreography - Pierre Lacotte) with the Tokyo Ballet Company ( partner - Yukari Saito).
In 2002, he appeared with English National Ballet in a new production of Swan Lake by Derek Deane at the Albert Hall, London (his partner was Svetlana Zakharova who, at the time, was still a Maryinsky Theatre soloist).
In 2002-2003, he appeared in the Malakhov and Friends enterprise, in Japan and Greece.
In 2003, Sergei Filin and Nina Ananiashvili danced the main roles in Viktor Ron's production of The Sleeping Beauty with Hungarian National Ballet, Budapest.
In 2003, he took part in the International Festival of Ballet, Japan.
In 2005, he made his Vienna State Opera debut as Count Albrecht in Giselle (Elena Chernyshova production). His partner was Polina Semionova (Berlin State Ballet).
DVD: Bel air Media
La fille du pharaon
in the part of Lord Wilson-Taor
released in 2004
In 1994, for his interpretation of the part of Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, he was awarded the Benois de la danse International Dance Association prize.
In 1995, the Italian Danza & Danza magazine, voted Sergei Filin Dancer of the Year.
In 1996, he was awarded the title of Merited Artist of the Russian Federation.
In 2001, he was awarded the title of People's Artist of the Russian Federation.
In 2002, Ballet magazine awarded Sergei Filin its Soul of Dance prize (in the Star of Dance nomination).
In 2004, he received the Golden Mask International Theatre prize for his interpretation of the part of Ballet Dancer in The Bright Stream (2002/03 season).