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Goyo Montero

Curriculum Vitae

Director and Principal Choreographer, Nuremberg Ballet
Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 1994
Jury Member, Prix de Lausanne 2017
Choreographer of the Choreographic Project, Prix de Lausanne 2018 & 2023

About his participation as jury member in 2017

My connection with the Prix de Lausanne goes back to 1994, when I won the professional level prize as a young dancer. Since then, I have had the honor of being invited to participate in the Prix several times as a coach and jury member (in 2012).
My choreography has been part of the repertoire several times and I have even created two solos exclusively for the Prize. I am more than proud and grateful for this long history together and look forward to being part of this year’s jury.

About the Choreographic Project

This wonderful initiative comes from Shelly Power. Ideally, the project has a dual purpose: to create a full-fledged piece and to show young artists the process of choreographic creation. I love working with young talent who are generally unprejudiced, willing to open up and assert themselves.
It will be an exciting challenge to work together with the same objective: to create this piece in record time.
I am really looking forward to this unique experience!

Born in 1975 in Madrid, Spain. He was formed 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. Among others he received the following awards as a dancer: 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 Montero 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 a choreographer he created pieces for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Royal Ballet London, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Staatsballett Hannover, 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.

With his choreographies Goyo Montero took part in different festivals, amongst others in Havana (XX International Ballet Festival), Florence (71th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Granada (International Festival of Dance and Music), Zaragoza (Expo Zaragoza), Madrid (Madrid en Danza and Veranos de la Villa), Tokyo (Expo Aichi Tokio Forum), Russia (Chekhov International Theatre Festival Moscow and Diana Vishneva’s Context Festival) and Holland Dance Festival.

From season 2008/2009 Goyo Montero is Ballet Director and principal Choreographer of the Nuremberg Ballet. Until today, the ballet director has developed and staged 23 creations for his company in Nuremberg. Since 2019, he has also been a Resident Choreographer for the company Acosta Danza.

A long term partnership exists between Goyo Montero and the Prix de Lausanne. Montero participated here for many years, among other things, as coach, jury member and choreographer of two choreographic projects specially designed for the Prix de Lausanne in 2018 ans 2023. From 2013 until 2016 his choreographies have been part of the contemporary repertoire of this competition.

Among his awards as Choreographer: In 2006 the award “Villa de Madrid” (the 1st award of the Iberoamerican competition of Choreography), the Villanueva award by the UNEAC (Union of Writers, Critics and Artits of Cuba) and the award “Teatro de Madrid”.

In 2009 Goyo Montero has been awarded with the Cultural Prize of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Middle Franconia. In 2012 Goyo Montero got awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture with the Premio Nacional de Danza. In 2014 Goyo Montero received the Bavarian Culture Award. In 2018 the ‘Deutscher Tanzpreis’ (German Dance Award) has been presented to Ballet Nuremberg under the directorship of Goyo Montero for outstanding development in dance.