Ekaterina was born in Moscow in 1939. She performed with the Bolshoi Ballet from 1958 until 1980. She was married to the great Vladimir Vasiliev and they often danced together. They were called the "ballet supercouple" of their time! In 1959, she toured the USA with the Bolshoi Ballet and performed as a guest artist with the Metropolitan Opera as a leading ballerina. This allowed her to become famous worldwide and she became one of the greatest stars of the Bolshoi Theatre. She performed in the Metropolitan Opera again in 1966, and gained even more international recognition. She was beloved both in Russia and around the world. She died in 2009 in Moscow, at 80 years old, and had a huge influence on ballet.
1964 - Gold Medal at the Varna Competition 1981 - USSR State Prize 1973 - People's Artist of the USSR