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Matthew Golding

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Matthew Golding in action.
Matthew Golding in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Canadian dancer Matthew Golding is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company as a Principal in 2014, having danced Solor (La Bayadère) the previous Season as a Guest Artist. Since joining the Company his roles have included Basilio and Espada (Don Quixote), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Eugene Onegin, Oberon (The Dream), Des Grieux (Manon) and roles in Serenade, The Four Temperaments and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse. He created a role in Liam Scarlett’s Summertime.

Golding was born in Saskatchewan and from the age of 14 trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, joining the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington D.C. aged 16. In 2002 he won the Youth America Grand Prix and a Prix de Lausanne scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet School. In 2003 he graduated into American Ballet Theatre. In 2009 he joined Dutch National Ballet as a second soloist and was promoted to principal in 2010; he continues to dance as a guest artist with the company. Other guest appearances include with the Mariinsky Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, Berlin State Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Tokyo Ballet, English National Ballet and at the Nureyev Ballet Festival, the Japan International Ballet Festival and in Hong Kong. His repertory includes Solor, Romeo (Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet), Basilio (Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote) and Prince (Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella and Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker).

Golding’s awards include the Zwaan Prize (2010), the Alexandra Radius Prize (2011) and nominations for the Benois de la danse Prize (2012 and 2013). His DVD recordings include Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Ratmansky’s Don Quixote and Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk’s The Nutcracker.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Members of The Royal Ballet on Swan Lake

Watch: Members of The Royal Ballet on Swan Lake

17 March 2015

Backstage films from the live relay of Swan Lake, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

Swan Lake to be live screened in cinemas across the world on 17 March 2015

Swan Lake to be live screened in cinemas across the world on 17 March 2015

12 March 2015

Anthony Dowell's production of perhaps the greatest Romantic ballet of all stars Natalia Osipova, Matthew Golding and Gary Avis.

Photos

Matthew Golding, Marianela Nuñez and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Golding in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova as Titania and Matthew Golding as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Royal Ballet Principal Matthew Golding

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Matthew Golding as Des Grieux in Manon

Melissa Hamilton as Manon and Matthew Golding as Des Grieux in Manon

Melissa Hamilton as Manon and Matthew Golding as Des Grieux in Manon

Matthew Golding as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014

Matthew Golding in Manon

Matthew Golding as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,

Matthew Golding as Onegin and Natalia Osipova as Tatiana in Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Matthew Golding in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Golding in Paquita, with the Dutch National Ballet

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014

Matthew Golding

Matthew Golding as Prince Siegfried, Natalia Osipova as Odette and Gary Avis as Von Rothbart in Swan Lake.

Matthew Golding as Prince Siegfried and Natalia Osipova as Odette in Swan Lake.

Matthew Golding as Prince Siegfried and Natalia Osipova as Odette in Swan Lake.

Matthew Golding as Onegin and Natalia Osipova as Tatiana in Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Matthew Golding as Oberon and Valentino Zucchetti as Puck in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014

Backstage at a photo shoot with Royal Ballet Principal Matthew Golding

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in The Sleeping Beauty