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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 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 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 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.

News and features

Additional casting confirmed for Don Quixote

Additional casting confirmed for Don Quixote

14 November 2014

Role debuts announced for Carlos Acosta's Royal Ballet production.

Listen: Matthew Golding – ‘Carlos Acosta knows what he wants’

Listen: Matthew Golding – ‘Carlos Acosta knows what he wants’

3 November 2014

The Principal dancer on fulfilling a longtime aspiration in dancing Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote

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.

Photos

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

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

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

Matthew Golding in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Royal Ballet Principal Matthew Golding

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

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 Des Grieux in Manon

Matthew Golding 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

Matthew Golding in Paquita, with the Dutch National Ballet

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Matthew Golding in Manon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in The Sleeping Beauty

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