Colombian dancer Fernando Montaño is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2006 as an Artist and was promoted to First Artist in 2010 and Soloist in 2014. He represented the Company in the 2007 Erik Bruhn Competition.
Montaño studied at the Colombian and Cuban National Ballet schools and graduated into Cuban National Ballet in 2004. He also danced on scholarships with La Scala Ballet, Milan, and Teatro Nuovo di Torino. His repertory includes Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Jester (Cinderella), Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Caterpillar (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Benvolio and the balcony pas de deux (Romeo and Juliet), pas de six (Giselle), pas de trois (Fool’s Paradise) and roles in La Vivandière, Raymonda Act III and Chroma. Other appearances include dancing Le Spectre de la rose at the opening of the Teatro Colón, Bogotá.
Montaño has twice won Personality of the Year award (2013, 2014) at the LUKAS Awards, celebrating prominent Latin figures in the UK. His other awards include prizes at the International Ballet Contest, Havana, a Citation of Honor (New York) and an honour from the President of Colombia. He has modelled for Vivienne Westood and choreographed and danced Alchemy for her Banqueting House catwalk show in 2008. His dance short film Narcissus had its premiere in 2014. He is a patron of the charity Children of the Andes, for which he has organized the charity galas 'Fernando and Friends'.
News and features
3 July 2014
Details of Company changes for the upcoming Season have been announced.
6 May 2014
Colombian First Artist picks up LUKAS award for second year running.
4 April 2014
Awards celebrate the contributions of the UK’s Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities.
20 March 2013
Awards celebrate Latino culture in the UK.
6 December 2012
Prize celebrates Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities in the UK.
Tristan Dyer, Fernando Montaño, Marcelino Sambé and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
Fernando Montaño, Kevin Emerton, Sander Blommaert, Marcelino Sambé, Tristran Dyer and Donald Thom in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014
Fernando Montaño at the LUKAS Awards 2014 © Roger Alarcon
Fernando Montaño and Vivienne Westwood at the Latin-UK Awards. © Ric Pereira 2013
Toreadors in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson, 2013
in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013
Fernando Montaño in Raymonda Act III, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012
The Royal Ballet in Limen © ROH 2011
Fernando Montaño as the Jester in Cinderella © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2010