Yury Trayan graduated from the State Choreographic College in 1968. From 1968 to 1988, he was a leading soloist of the ballet company of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus. In 1988-1989, he was in charge of the Belarusian State Choreographic College. In 1990, he was engaged as deputy director of the National Academic Ballet Theatre of Belarus. In 2008, Yury Trayan was appointed principal ballet master, being promoted to artistic director of ballet of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus in 2009.
His decorations include the Badge of Honour Order, the Order of Friendship of Peoples, Vietnamese Friendship Medal, and Veteran of Labour Medal.
In 2009, Yury Trayan was decorated with the Francysk Skaryna Medal for considerable creative achievements, high professionalism and profound contribution to national culture and art. In 2014, he was a National Theatre Award laureate. He also received a prize from the Federation of Belarusian Trade Unions.
His outstanding versatility demonstrated itself significantly in contemporary ballets. His repertoire included the Youth in After the Ball by Heinrich Wagner; Masheka in The Chosen One, the title role in Till Eulenspiegel by Eugene Glebov; Siegfried in Swan Lake, Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Jean de Brienne in Raymonda by Alexander Glazunov, Albrecht in Adolphe Adam’s Giselle, James in La Sylphide by Herman Løvenskiold, Vaslav in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by Boris Asafiev, José in Carmen-Suite Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin, Adam in The Creation of the World by Andrey Petrov, the Poet in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Romeo in Sergey Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, the title role in Aram Khachaturian’s Spartacus, and also the lead role in Gustav Mahler’s one-act ballet Adagietto.
Yury Trayan has choreographed a number of ballets, including The Wings of Memory to the music by Vladimir Kondrusevich, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Tristan and Isolde to the music by Richard Wagner, Vitaut to the music by Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, as well as numerous concert numbers, and dances for films. He has toured over 80 countries.