Hometown: Vienna, Austria
Rainer Krenstetter was born into a dance family in Vienna where he began his ballet training at the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera. In 1999, he was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London and continued his training there until 2000 when he became a corps de ballet member with the Vienna State Opera Ballet. In 2002, he joined the Staatsballett Berlin under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov and went through the ranks up to Principal dancer in 2013. He joined Miami City Ballet as a Principal dancer in November 2014. In 2020 he was appointed Artistic Director of the company Unblanche in Tokyo and in 2021 he became Designated Artistic Director at The Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet.
Throughout his training, Krenstetter participated and won medals in various international ballet competitions including in Vienna, Brasilia and Luxembourg, culminating in his first place win at the Prix de Lausanne in 1999.
Throughout his prolific career, Krenstetter has danced principal and leading roles in most ballets in the classical repertoire including Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Onegin, Firebird, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, Cinderella and La Bayadere. Additionally, he has danced in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Vladimir Malakhov, Kenneth MacMillan, Auguste Bournonville, Michel Fokine, Alexei Ratmansky, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, Hans van Manen, Uwe Scholz, Clarke Tippet, Jirí Kylián and William Forsythe among others.
Krenstetter has also performed as a guest artist in various companies and galas internationally in Europe, Australia, South America and Asia; been a member of the jury at the International Ballet Competition in Rome and Riga; and guest taught at several dance workshops in many countries.
Rainer received the 2016 Miami Life Award for “Best Classical Dancer.”
Roles since joining MCB
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Divertissement Pas de Deux)
Bourrée Fantasque (Second Movement)
Divertimento No. 15
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Dr. Stahlbaum)
Serenade (Waltz Man)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Morrosine)
Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried)
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
The Four Temperaments (Phlegmatic)
Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
Barber Violin Concerto (Classical Man)
Circus Polka (Ringmaster)
Dances at a Gathering (Green Man)
Fancy Free (Second Sailor)
Glass Pieces (Second Movement)
I’m Old Fashioned
In the Night (Second Pas de Deux)
The Concert – Or, the Perils of Everybody (The Husband)
Concerto DSCH (Pas de Deux Man)
The Fairy’s Kiss
The Flower Festival in Genzano Pas de Deux
Giselle, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (Prince Albrecht)
This Bitter Earth
Nine Sinatra Songs