Antonio Carmena was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He began his dance training at age seven with the Royal
Conservatory of Professional Dance in Madrid. While at the Conservatory, he studied with Virginia Valero and Antonio
Almenara. In addition, he studied with Maria de Avila, Aurora Bosch, Ricardo Franco, Lazaro Carreno and Stanley
Williams. After winning a Prix de Lausanne Scholarship, he came to New York City in 1997 to study at the School of
American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. He was invited to become an apprentice with New York
City Ballet in October 1998 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in October 1999. In March of 2006
he was promoted to soloist.
Since joining New York City Ballet, Mr. Carmena has danced featured roles in Balanchine's Chaconne, The Nutcracker
(Soldier & Chinese Tea), Jewels (Emeralds), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon), Prodigal Son, La Sonnambula,
Symphony in C (3rd Movement), La Valse, and Vienna Waltzes. He has danced in the following Jerome Robbins ballets:
Dances at the Gathering (Brick), The Four Seasons (Winter & Fall), Interplay and Piano Pieces (Le Petit Cavalier). He was
seen in Peter Martins The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird), Swan Lake (Benno), Eight More and Fearful Symmetries. He
danced in David Allen's Reunions, August Bournonville's Flower Festival in Genzano Pas De Deux and Eliot Feld's The
Unanswered Question. Mr. Carmena has originated a feature roles in Alexei Ratmansky's Russian Seasons.
Mr. Carmena is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1996, he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Third International
Competition in Havana, Cuba. In 1997, he received top honors at the Prix de Lausanne, as well as at the "Prix des
Telespectateurs," which was voted on by the television viewers of the Prix de Lausanne. He was awarded Grand Prix in
the Seventh Eurovision Competition for Young Dancers, and in 1997, Mr. Carmena was named the "Most Outstanding
Young Dancer" in the First International Dance Competition in Zaragoza, Spain.