Edo Wijnen was born in Deurne, in Belgium. As a child, he tried out different hobbies, but nothing really inspired him till he started going to musical classes. After appearing on stage, he knew: ‘This is my future!’ So at the age of ten, he auditioned for the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp, and was accepted. Following his training, he joined Dutch National Ballet as an adspirant in 2010. He was quickly promoted to the corps de ballet and then to coryphée, grand sujet and, in 2015, to soloist. In recent years, he has danced various leading roles, both in the classical repertoire and in contemporary works by Hans van Manen, Ted Brandsen, David Dawson, Wayne McGregor and Krzysztof Pastor, among others.
Edo has won a number of major prizes, including the Prix de Lausanne (2009) and the Youth America Grand Prix (2010). In 2017, he was nominated for the Dutch Swan Award for ‘Most impressive dance performance’ for his role in Citizen Nowhere by David Dawson. Another sublime performance of this role in 2019 contributed to him winning the Alexandra Radius Prize in the same year.
- With Dutch National Ballet since: 2010
- Place of birth: Deurne (Belgium)
- Career with Dutch National Ballet: Soloist (2015), grand sujet (2014), coryphée (2012), corps de ballet (2012), élève (2011), aspirant (2010)
- Training: Royal Ballet School (Antwerp, Belgium)
- Awards: 2019, Alexandra Radiusprijs 2019 2017, honored by Critic's Choice; 2017, Swan nomination for most impressive dance performance; 2010, Youth America Grand Prix (New York City, United States), 1st; 2010, Dance Europe, Outstanding Artistry Award; 2009, Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland), scholarship, 4th, and Prix d’interpretation de danse contemporaine