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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 trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship, and joined the Company as a Principal in 2014, having appeared with the Company as a Guest Artist the previous Season as Solor (La Bayadère). Since joining the Company his roles have included Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Oberon (The Dream), Des Grieux (Manon) and roles in Serenade and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse.

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 such companies as 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 Zwan 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.

News and features

Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

17 September 2014

Casts include Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta as Lescaut.

Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

12 March 2014

Three new Principals and six Artists have joined the Company during 2013/14.

The Male Virtuoso

The Male Virtuoso

7 February 2014

A look at the development of the male dancer.

Gallery: Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding’s ROH Magazine photoshoot

Gallery: Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding’s ROH Magazine photoshoot

8 January 2014

A glimpse behind the scenes with The Royal Ballet’s newest Principals.

Matthew Golding to join The Royal Ballet as a Principal

Matthew Golding to join The Royal Ballet as a Principal

24 September 2013

Canadian dancer’s first performance will be in The Sleeping Beauty later this Season.

Photos

Natalia Osipova as Titania and Matthew Golding as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet, © ROH . Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Golding as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet, © ROH . Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Golding as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet, © ROH . Bill Cooper 2014

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

Matthew Golding as Oberon and Valentino Zucchetti as Puck in The Dream, The Royal Ballet, © ROH . Bill Cooper 2014

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in The Sleeping Beauty © ROH / Tristram Kenton, 2014

Matthew Golding in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Matthew Golding, Marianela Nuñez and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Serenade, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Royal Ballet Principal Matthew Golding © Sean Malyon 2013

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014 © Sean Malyon 2013

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014 © Sean Malyon 2013

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014 © Sean Malyon 2013

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014 © Sean Malyon 2013

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014 © Sean Malyon 2013

Backstage at a photo shoot with Royal Ballet Principal Matthew Golding © Sean Malyon 2013

Matthew Golding in Paquita, with the Dutch National Ballet © Angela Sterling

Matthew Golding