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, which supports exceptionally talented young cellists through a debut recital at the Wigmore Hall as well as a concerto appearance with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. Rainer also received the Silver Medal and the Artistic Encouragement Award at the 2017 Ima Hogg Competition in Houston, TX, resulting in a debut with the Houston Symphony. And in 2015, Rainer won the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, resulting in his Jordan Hall debut with the NEC Philharmonia under Hugh Wolff.
As a chamber musician, he has performed at numerous festivals including Yellow Barn, the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Prussia Cove, La Jolla SummerFest, the Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop, and Kneisel Hall. He has also collaborated in performance with artists such as Robert Levin, Seth Knopp, Laurence Lesser, Cho-Liang Lin, Anthony Marwood, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, and the Parker Quartet.
Rainer is a graduate of the Harvard-New England Conservatory Joint Program and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the University of Southern California. He received his M.M. with honors from New England Conservatory and his A.B. magna cum laude in Philosophy from Harvard, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and was named a John Harvard Scholar. He has taken lessons and masterclasses from notable cellists such as David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurence Lesser, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, and Jens-Peter Maintz. His principal teachers and mentors have included Ralph Kirshbaum, Paul Katz, and Mark Churchill.