As a member of the Black Forest family Jäkle, Reiner was already standing on the boards that mean the world as a drummer at the age of 6. This was followed by training on the accordion and later in singing. Besides his job as a telecommunications technician, Reiner Kirsten worked constantly on his musical career. Winning the Swiss preliminary round for the Grand Prix of Folk Music in 1996 meant at the same time the decision to devote himself fully to his career as a singer.
Already the album “Schmetterling im Regen” exceeded the boldest expectations. Victory in the qualifying round for the Grand Prix of Folk Music, placements in the Schlagerparade der Volksmusik and the Volkstümlichen Hitparaden on ZDF and ORF, as well as a strong media presence made 1996 a milestone in Reiner Kirsten’s solo career.
The big successes (excerpts):
— Grand Prix of Folk Music finals 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 folk music hit parade 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 for the Grand Prix of Folk Music 2009, “Signora come stai”.