Larissa Lezhnina was born in St Petersburg in 1969. She studied at the Vaganova School in St Petersburg from 1979 to 1987. Joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 1987 and was appointed soloist in 1990. She left the Mariinsky in 1994 to join Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch National Ballet) in the Netherlands.
Repertoire with Dutch National Ballet includes:
Cinderella (Ashton), Giselle (version by Wright), Nutcracker and Mouseking (Eagling and Van Schayk), Onegin (Cranko), Romeo and Juliet (Van Dantzig), The Sleeping Beauty (version by Wright), La Sylphide (version by Bjørn) and Swan Lake (version by Van Dantzig)