Gabriella Komleva was born in Leningrad in 1938. She graduated from the Vaganova Choreographic School (class of Vera Kostrovostkaya) and joined the Kirov Ballet in 1957. Famous for her perfect technique, great expressiveness and versatility. Komleva danced both classical and contemporary roles including Nikiya (La Bayadère), Raymonda (Raymonda), Giselle and Myrtha (Giselle), Odette-Odile (Swan Lake), Kitri (Don Quixote), Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Asiat (Gorvanka) and Ophelia (Hamlet).
Komleva left the stage in 1988 and became a coach and repetiteur with the Kirov Ballet. Among her pupils are Daria Pavlenko, Veronika Part, Irina Golub and Ekaterina Osmolkina.
People's Artist of the USSR (1983).