Reiner was born in 1960 in Gleidingen, Germany. His musical journey started with a tin whistle that was needed for a planned concert with the band “Irish Blend”. After having two weeks to practice he found himself on stage, performing his tin whistle debut with the band.
His first “real” instrument, as he puts it, was the Irish tenor banjo, which he played with “Irish Blend” for 15 years. During this time he also studied and practiced the uilleann pipes and soon after started to play the guitar and Irish bouzouki. Other musical interests include the folk band “DeReelium” and he has played bass with the rock band “Volldampf”. Reiner is a musician for the Hannover sessions since the early 80s. Beside of “Lautensang” he takes part of several folk bands, such as “Northbound” and “Squish”.