American cellist Rainer Crosett has appeared as a soloist on major stages throughout the United States and Europe and has performed in many renowned chamber music festivals. He came to international attention as the recipient of the 2018 Pierre Fournier Award in London, and has also been honored with the Silver Medal at the 2017 Ima Hogg Competition in Houston, Texas, resulting in a debut with the Houston Symphony. Highlights of recent seasons include his Wigmore Hall recital debut and an upcoming debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London.
As a chamber musician, Rainer has performed at festivals including Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, the Trondheim Kammermusikkfestival, Prussia Cove, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop.
He began his studies in the Harvard-New England Conservatory Joint Program, through which he received his M.M. from New England Conservatory and his A.B. magna cum laude in Philosophy from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and was named a John Harvard Scholar. He was also the recipient of Harvard’s Lucy Allen Paton Prize for excellence in the humanities and fine arts and an Artist Development Fellowship.
Rainer received his Artist Diploma from the University of Southern California and he is now continuing his graduate studies at the Berlin University of the Arts with Jens Peter Maintz. His other principal teachers and mentors have included Ralph Kirshbaum and Paul Katz.