Rainer Crosett, a native of North Andover, earned his M.M. in Cello Performance at New England Conservatory, where he studied with Paul Katz. He received his A.B. magna cum laude in Philosophy from Harvard, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received an Artist Development Fellowship and the Lucy Allen Paton Prize for excellence in the humanities and fine arts. He has performed at the Yellow Barn, Aspen, and Kneisel Hall music festivals and served as principal cellist of the New York String Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated in performance with artists including Robert Levin, Seth Knopp, Anthony Marwood, and Maria Lambros. He has also given recitals at the Signet Society at Harvard University, Ilshin Hall in Seoul, South Korea, and performed concertos with the Concord Orchestra, the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years, he has taken lessons and masterclasses from notable musicians including Lluis Claret, Yo-Yo Ma, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Joel Krosnick, Timothy Eddy, and Ronald Leonard.