Award-winning Japanese dancer Gakuro Matsui came to The Norwegian National Ballet in 2005, after dancing with The Royal Danish Ballet and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Since joining the company, he has starred in a number of classical lead roles, such as Basil in Nureyev's Don Quixote, the Prince in Bjørn's The Nutcracker, and Harvey's Giselle and Sleeping Beauty.
He has also starred in supporting roles in several modern ballets, such as Kylián's Gods and Dogs and Soldiers' Mass, Lightfoot and León's Shoot the Moon and Tetley's The Rite of Spring, as well as dancing the title role in Øyen's Petrushka. Roles have been created for him by contemporary choreographers such as Elo, Øyen, Lee and Dawson.
Matsui won the first place in the international ballet competitions in Saitama and Nagoya in his home country in 2000, and in 2004 he won the Japanese Ballet Academy competition and Prix de Lausanne's apprentice scholarship. He trained at the Russian Ballet Institute and Sasaki Mika Ballet Academy in Japan, before continuing on to L’Ecole de Danse de L’Opéra de Paris.