Matthew Golding

Principal, guest

Matthew Golding was born in Saskatchewan, Canada. He trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School from the age of 14, 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. After his graduation in 2003 he was engaged at American Ballet Theatre, before joining Dutch National Ballet in 2009, where he was promoted to principal in 2010. He continues to dance as a guest artist with the company. From 2014 to 2017 he was a Principal of The Royal Ballet. His 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. In the 2017/18 and 2018/19 season Matthew Golding is a guest artist at the Bayerisches Staatsballett.

(Information as of February 2019)



  • Zwaan Prize, 2010
  • Alexandra Radius Prize, 2011
  • Nomination for Benois de la danse, 2012 and 2013  


Solor in La Bayadère (M. Petipa)
Albrecht in Giselle (P. Wright/M. Petipa)
Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (R. van Dantzig)
Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote (A. Ratmansky)
Prince in Cinderella (C. Wheeldon)
Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty (P. Wright)
Prince in The Nutcracker (P. Wright)
Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake  (K. Sergeyev)
Onegin in Eugene Onegin (S. Fabricius)
Oberon in The Dream (F. Ashton)
Des Grieux in Manon (K. MacMillan)

Debuts with the Bayerisches Staatsballett

Count Alexei Vronsky in Anna Karenina (C. Spuck)