Peter Breuer

was one of the leading dancers of the international ballet scene.  He was born in 1946 in Tegernsee, Germany, the son of pianist and conductor Peter Bruno Breuer, and began his ballet studies at age 11 with the reknowned pedagogue Gustav Blank, who taught him in the spirit of the old “St. Petersburg school”.  At age 15, Peter Breuer joined the corps of the Munich´s Bavarian State Opera, and at 17 – after Breuer was unable to fulfill a contract with Balanchine´s New York City Ballet due to visa difficulties – he was engaged by Erich Walter in Düsseldorf as a demi-soloist.  One year later he was promoted to soloist, and in 1967, principal dancer.  In 1969, Peter Breuer began his international career when he was invited as a guest artist to the London Festival Ballet, which he joined as a permanent member in 1973.  Yearlong associations as a guest artist included the State Operas of Berlin and Munich from 1971, Milan´s la Scala and American Ballet Theatre from 1979, and others.

Without question, Peter Breuer was one of the most requested ballet dancers in the world.  He gained recognition from international dance journalists and audiences worldwide on numerous foreign tours (Australia, South America, England, USA., South Africa, Yugoslavia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, the Phillipines…)  His standard is evidenced by the fact that he danced with most of the great ballerinas of his time (Makarova, Evdokimova, Gregory, Gielgud, Fulton…)  His versatility of inter-pretation enabled him to perform a broad and spectrum of roles, ranging from the standard classical repertoire to modern works (many of which were created for him) of Erich Walter, John Butler, Hans van Manen, Maurice Bejart, Jerome Robbins, John Cranko…

As a logical continuation of his international career as a dancer, Peter Breuer began exploring his choreographic and teaching abilities in the early 80´s.  Just as when he was a soloist, the choreographer Peter Breuer was soon in demand by inter-national theaters and companies.  His variegated knowledge of repertory and his collaborations with the leading choreographers of his generation provided a sound basis for the development of his own choreographic language, and his second career.

Since 1991, Peter Breuer has directed the Ballet of the Salzburg Landestheater.  Under his direction, the company has developed a strong, dynamic and unique style, and earns high praise from its critics.

In 1991 he formed the“Salzburg Dance Company“ Parallelling his activities in Salzburg, Peter Breuer regularly creates works and traines   other companies in   Germany and throughout Europe.

He was  teaching at the University Mozarteum and Gives Masterclasses all over the world.

In the year 2004 he founded together with Nili Glazer the Siba Sommerworkshop in Salzburg, a yearly 4 weeks workshop with dancers from all over the world

His awards are :


2005 The Maya Plissetskaja Prize for the best Carmen Choreography

2007 The Austrian Cross of Honor of the Republic of Austria

2011 International Prize for Art and Kultur from the City of Salzburg

2015 German Dance Award

2017 Professur