Meet the people behind The Fonteyn 2023
Guest Choreographer: Valentino Zucchetti
As a candidate, you will work with Valentino Zucchetti, First Soloist and Choreographer for The Royal Ballet, to create a new piece to be performed by all competitors at the final.
Valentino was born in Italy and began training locally at the age of four. He moved subsequently to La Scala Ballet School. At 16 he was offered a scholarship to The Royal Ballet School. He won the 2006 Genée International Ballet Competition and was awarded RAD Solo Seal in 2007. He also created a role in Christopher Hampson’s Three Dialogues for the school’s annual matinee.
On graduation, Valentino joined Zürich Ballet, moving to Norwegian National Ballet in 2009 and The Royal Ballet in 2010. He was promoted to First Artist in 2011, Soloist in 2012 and First Soloist in 2014. His repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Principal roles in the classics and works by Acosta, Ashton, Balanchine, Branstrup, Cranko, Dawson, Forsythe, MacMillan, Marriott, Scarlett and Wheeldon.
Valentino won the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award in 2005. He choreographed Sonata for Six for The Royal Ballet School’s 2013 matinee, and regularly creates pieces for The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works. In 2013 he choreographed Orbital Motion for New English Ballet Theatre and in 2021 created Anemoi for The Royal Ballet which was performed on the main stage of the Royal Opera House.
(photo: Andrej Uspenski)
Introducing our Judges
Each year we recruit a panel of expert and independent judges from across the industry, each chosen for their expertise and insight to select the deserving winners of each category. Here's this year's panel! Read more about their amazing careers.