In 1999 Gennadi founded the Youth America Grand Prix together with his wife, acclaimed Larissa Saveliev. Under their Artistic Direction YAGP quickly became the largest international student ballet competition in the world. Mr. Saveliev’s repertoire included leading roles in Coppélia, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayaderé, Le Corsaire, Les Sylphides, Manon, Raymonda, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Sylvia, The Sleeping Beauty, Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Widow, and The Nutcracker.
Mr. Saveliev’s famed dance expertise, his memorable high jumps and colorful character and soloist roles along with his unique insight into what do competition judges look for in competing students’ variations, is a guaranteed asset to all those attending YGB Romania.Trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the School of American Ballet, Mr. Saveliev studied with such distinguished teachers and coaches as Sergei Berezhnoi, Pyotr Pestov, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Stanley Williams, Eleanor D’Antuono, and Cynthia Gregory. In 1996 Mr Saveliev, at the time a member of the legendary Bolshoi Ballet, won a silver medal at the New York International Ballet Competition, and joined American Ballet Theater where he has danced for 16 years before retiring in 2012.