As a member of the Jäkle family from the Black Forest, Reiner was already playing the drums at the age of 6. This was followed by training on the accordion and later in singing. Alongside his job as a telecommunications engineer, Reiner Kirsten worked steadily on his musical career. His victory in the Swiss preliminary round of the Grand Prix of Folk Music in 1996 also signalled his decision to dedicate himself fully to his career as a singer.
The album “Schmetterling im Regen” (Butterfly in the Rain) already exceeded his wildest expectations. Victory in the preliminary round of the Grand Prix of Folk Music, placings in the Schlager Parade of Folk Music and the folk hit parades on ZDF and ORF, as well as a strong media presence, made 1996 a milestone in Reiner Kirsten’s solo career.
The great successes (excerpts):
Finals of the Grand Prix of Folk Music in 1996, 1999 and 2001 with the titles “Der Schäfer von Monte Castello”, “Wir leben, wir lieben” and “Da war Musik in allen Herzen“
ZDF Superhitparade 1997 (“Du da oben”) 1998 (“Ein kleines Teufelchen”) 1999 (“Zauber der Berge”) and 2000 (“Mein kleines Paradies”)
Multiple placings and victories in the folk hit parades of ZDF and ORF and in the Schlagerparade der Volksmusik on ARD, multiple musician king in Achim’s hit parade on MDR
Presenter of the ZDF Sunday concert
Winner of the MDR Herbert Roth Prize
German preliminary round of the Grand Prix of Folk Music 2006, duet “Mehr als tausend Träume” with Luisa
German preliminary round of the Grand Prix of Folk Music 2009, “Signora come stai”