Goyo Montero makes his Birmingham Royal Ballet debut with the UK premiere of Chacona, part of Carlos Acosta's 2021 Curated by Carlos season.
Born in 1975 in Madrid, Spain, Goyo Montero was trained by Carmen Roche and completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory for Professional Dance in Madrid and the School of the National Ballet of Cuba. His awards as a dancer include winner of the Prix Lausanne in 1993 and Gold Medal and Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition of Luxembourg. Critics of Dance Europe Magazine nominated him Best Dancer of the season 2003/2004.
Goyo was Principal Dancer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Soloist at the Oper Leipzig, Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He has been invited among others as guest soloist with the National Ballet of Mexico, the Perth City Ballet and the Ballet d‘Europe. As choreographer he has created pieces for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Royal Ballet London, Zurich Ballet, Acosta Danza, Perm Opera Ballet/Diana Vishneva Context Festival, National Ballet Sodre, Maggio Danza, Compañia Nacional de Danza, Deutsche Oper Berlin, National Ballet of Cuba, and the Ballet de Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana and many others.
Since 2008, Goyo has been ballet director and principal choreographer of Nuremberg Ballet and since 2019 he has also been Resident Choreographer of Acosta Danza.
A long term partnership exists between Goyo and the Prix de Lausanne. Montero participated here for many years, among other things, as coach, jury member and choreographer of works specially designed for the Prix.
Goyo's awards for choreography include, in 2006 the award ‘Villa de Madrid’, the Villanueva award by the UNEAC and the award Teatro de Madrid. In 2009 Goyo was awarded the cultural prize of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Middle Franconia. In 2012 he was awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture with the Premio Nacional de Danza. In 2014 Goyo received the Bavarian Culture Award and in 2018 the ‘Deutscher Tanzpreis’ (German Dance Award) was presented to Ballet Nuremberg under the directorship of Goyo for outstanding development in dance.
Goya Montero. © Alice Blangero (at Les Ballets de Monte Carlo).