Erik was born in Brescia, Italy and trained at the Associazione Balletto Classico under the guidance of Marinel Stefanescu. He joined the company in 1997 and performed as a soloist, dancing in classic and neoclassic repertory.
In 1999 he appeared with the Ballet de Victor Ullate in Madrid and joined Scottish Ballet in 2001. Since joining the Company, Erik has danced in Page’s Acrid Avid Jam, Cheating, Lying, Stealing, The Nutcracker (The Nutcracker Prince, Drosselmeyer), 32 Cryptograms, Soft Underbelly, Room Of Cooks, Nightswimming into day, The Pump Room, Walking In The Heat, Cinderella (The Prince), Fearful Symmetries, The Sleeping Beauty (The Prince), Pennies From Heaven and Alice (Charles Dodgson), Alston’s Dangerous Liaisons, Darrell's Five Rückert Songs and Othello (Othello), Loosmore’s Sirocco, Chasing Ghosts and Lull, Balanchine's The Four Temperaments (Third Variation - Phlegmatic), Rubies, Agon and the title role in Apollo, van Manen’s Two Pieces For Het, Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and Workwithinwork, Ashton’s Façade, Petronio’s MiddleSexGorge and Ride The Beast, Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet (Romeo and Benvolio), Ian Spink's Petrushka (Magician), Val Caniparoli's Still Life, Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth (Lead Man), Jorma Elo's Kings 2 Ends, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley), Martin Lawrance’s Run For It and Matthew Bourne's Highland Fling.
Why did you become a dancer?
I have a vague memory of my first day of dancing, I was five and I don't remember the reason why I was there. I guess my mom thought it was a nice thing to do. What I do remember very well is when I auditioned for a professional school few years later. I was 11 years old and training professionally; it meant leaving home for a boarding school far from my family. I knew at that point that I really wanted to dance. I can't tell why but I knew it was what I wanted to do, it was a gut feeling.
Erik in the poster shoot video for Romeo & Juliet 2010.
Romeo & Juliet 2010 trailer featuring Erik as Romeo.
DOUBLE BILL AT SADLER'S WELLS - AUTUMN 2011
MacMillan's Song of the Earth
Sophie Martin trusts the steps with all her being, and is magnificent. No less true the manner of Erik Cavallari as the Man and Christopher Harrison as the Messenger: noble, selfless dancing.
Erik Cavallari as the male lead made light work of MacMillan’s challenging vertiginous lifts...
Independent Dance Reviews, 10 November 2011
Sophie Martin and Erik Cavallari gave a perfect rendition of roles that remain associated, in the memory of many with some of the greatest artists ever.
Spectator, 12 November 2011
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2011
The trio of dancers at the heart of the choreography – Adam Blyde, Erik Cavallari and Sophie Martin – connect us, with exquisitely nuanced detail, to the life cycle expressed in the songs. Blyde, the Messenger of Death, shadows the unfolding actions with a potent subtlety, while Cavallari offers a boundless vitality that Martin answers with a porcelain delicacy.
The Herald, 27 August 2011
Sophie Martin and Erik Cavallari give impassioned and strongly defined interpretations of the Everyman and Everywoman whose tragedy is at the ballet’s heart.”
Mail on Sunday. 04 September 2011
Carroll is danced with touching melancholy by Erik Cavallari.
Guardian, 14 april 2011
Erik Cavallari is Charles, dancing in many scenes with vigour and dash. He also portrays his feelings for Alice with subtlety: a protective love, combined with yearning.
Sunday Times, 17 April 2011
Sophie Martin as Alice is on stage for most of the ballet but she looks as delicious and lively in the very last scene as she does when we first meet her. Erik Cavallari is a warm and caring Dodgson. Dancing both together and separately, they move with a remarkable fluidity which is a joy to look at.
Theatre in Wales, 05 May 2011
GEOMETRY AND GRACE 2010Ashley Page's Fearful Symmetries
Each of the principals and soloists – not least Erik Cavallari and Eve Mutso – takes the breath away as they alternate between the straight lines of geometry and a gorgeous shape-changing that seems almost physically impossible.
The Daily Telegraph
The choreography might be Olivier Award-winning, but it makes strong demands on its performers. Demands which, with Eric Cavallari in total control, Sophie Martin, Sato and Eve Mutso sensual and moving as his three loves, and the corps de ballet fully controlled by their preordained destinies, the company rise far above
ROMEO AND JULIET 2010
The lovers themselves are danced with truly affecting anguish by Erik Cavallari (Romeo) and Sophie Martin (Juliet).
Sunday Herald, 25 April 2010
Erik Cavallari (Romeo) and Sophie Martin (Juliet) give genuinely beautiful and touching lead to a deservedly revived Scottish Ballet success.
Daily Telegraph, 23 April 2010
Cavallari and Martin stand out, their attraction immediate and complete. Their love duets are pure romance.
The Stage, 11 May 2010
Erik Cavallari and Sophie Martin are simply delightful together, expressing real feelings of innocent teenage love.
Edinburgh Guide, 30 April 2010
THE NUTCRACKER 2009/10
It presents the ballet’s final pas de deux (between the tale’s young lovers, danced exquisitely by Erik Cavallari and Claire Robertson) with a beautifully executed classicism
Daily Telegraph, 14 Dec 2009
Robertson’s spirited Marie is an expressive mix of vulnerability and determination - utterly deserving of Erik Cavallari’s noble Prince, their closing pas de deux a radiant outpouring of consummate partnering worth a galaxy of stars in itself.
The Herald, 14 Dec 2009 –
The grand pas de deux between principal dancers Claire Robertson and Erik Cavallari is a spell-binding blend of romance and masterful technique.
The Scotsman, 14 Dec 2009
Claire Robertson and her prince Erik Cavallari blossom with grace and classical technique to spare.
Dancing Times, February 2010
Ashley Page'sCheating, Lying, Stealing
The dancers’ performances are heroic – Erik Cavallari and Claire Robertson particularly.
The Sunday Times, 26 April 2009
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 2008-2009
The nobly elegant Erik Cavallari
The Herald, 9th December 2008
The love scene between Princess Aurora (Claire Robertson) and the Prince (Erik Cavallari) is a stunning enactment of pure romance. It looks exactly like you want fairy tale love to look like..
The Skinny, January 2009
Romeo & Juliet 2008
Erik Cavallari offers an uncomplicated, brave Romeo.
The Guardian, 17th May 2008
Erik Cavallari’s Romeo is a handsome footloose boy.
The Times 19th May 2008
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 2007-2008
beautiful opening night performances from Soon Ja Lee, Claire Robertson and Erik Cavallari in particular.
The Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2007
Some of the duets in the wedding scene, particularly the stylish, spiky pas de deux between Sophie Martin and her Prince and the pure romance of the ballet danced by principals Claire Robertson and Erik Cavallari as Princess Aurora and the Prince, showcase Scottish Ballet’s talent at its best.
Scotland on Sunday, 16 December 2007
Page’s Fearful Symmetries
>Erik Cavallari is the wonderfully self-possessed Alpha Male, with three stunning ballerinas – Eve Mutso, Claire Robertson and Sophie Martin – servicing the different facets of his technique.
The Herald, 21 August 2007
…the impressive Erik Cavallari
The Sunday Times, 26 August 2007
It’s all about one man, the undaunted Erik Cavallari
Sunday Express, 26 August 2007
Eve Mutso and Erik Cavallari danced the pas de deux with firm strength and bold physicality - theirs was the best classical dancing of the evening
Dancing Times, June 2007
Robertson and Cavallari makes a dreamy couple, near luminous in bright white… Their pas de deux at the ball has all the other-wordly beauty and purity of line you could hope for from a romantic duet.
Sunday Herald, 17 Dec 2006
Erik Cavallari is most elegant with beautiful lines
Ballet.co.uk, Jan 2007
Erik Cavallari, as the Prince, added some wonderful touches of characterisation.
Criticaldance.net, 10 Dec 2006
Eve Mutso’s pas de deux with Erik Cavallari was one of the finest moments audiences have yet seen from Scottish Ballet. This was cool, effortless dancing with knife-edge precision from both dancers… If the rest of the company can keep up with Mutso and Cavallari, audiences are in for a treat
ballet-dance.com, Aug 2006
Forsythe’s Suite from Artifact
Hines, who lasered through the whole programme with fierce finesse – and Lehmus, Mutso, Claire Robertson and Erik Cavallari collected burnished honours in Forsythe’s Suite from Artifact, a tour de force that deserved the cheering ovation.
The Herald, 31 March 2006
… a striking Erik Cavallari with the profile of a young Byzantine potentate. Cavallari is a muscular, accomplished dancer…
Onlinereviewlondon.com – 12 April 2006
Both(Erik Cavallari and Claire Robertson) are strong dancers and delivered their solos well.
Ballet.co.uk, March 2006
- …it was Erik Cavallari, in the usually blank role of Prince Charming, who gave the positive and dance-credible interpretation. He played as if he believed in what he was given to do – a noteworthy achievement.
Financial Times, 16 March 2006
Erik Cavallari goes from strength to strength as Apollo, not simply dancing superbly but clearly motivating the stylised movement.
The Herald, 12 September 2005
Page’s The Pump Room
Erik Cavallari and Cristo Vivancos are sublimely deadpan in the Popular Song.
The Independent, 19 April 2005
THE NUTCRACKER 2004-2005
The amiable Erik Cavallari…
The Observer, 8 January 2005 005
Van Manen’s Two Pieces for HET
... Two Pieces for HET with the wonderfully poised, mischievous Claire Robertson and Erik Cavallari turning up the heat with every glance…
The Herald, 16 September 2004
…Claire Robertson and Erik Cavallari convoyed a potent electric charge in Two Pieces for HET.
The Sunday Times Culture, 26 September 2004
Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments
Erik Cavallari proved a strong, subtle replacement in the marvellous Phlegmatic variation.
The Sunday Times, 11 April 2004
MacMillan's Song of the Earth
The exception was, again, Sophie Martin, a mesmerizing presence as a loner adrift in the world. Enter the equally expressive Erik Cavallari; their concluding love duet made the heart tingle.
LA Times, 15 October 2011
Sophie Martin, Erik Cavallari and Christopher Harrison, who danced the principal roles, were superb.
Blogdowntown, 18 October 2011