|Birth name||Reentko Dirks|
|Also known as||Reentko|
Bad Gandersheim, Germany
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Associated acts||Dirks und Wirtz, Annamateur|
Reentko began playing the guitar at the age of seven. In the year 2000 his musical path led him to the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden, where he studied “Acoustic Guitar” under Thomas Fellow. He has been a lecturer at the University since 2007.
The year 2000 saw Reentko join forces with Daniel Nikolas Wirtz to form the guitar duo “Dirks und Wirtz”. The pair have since performed concerts across Europe, and were the recipients of the Special Prize at the 2006 European Guitar Awards.
In 2003 the duo began their partnership with the singer Annamateur, which featured jazz cellist Stephan Braun from 2005 onwards and saw the ensemble release two CDs and win numerous media prizes (including the 2008 German Cabaret Prize).
In addition to his live work, Reentko has also featured on a wide range of radio and CD recordings. His collaboration with the Turkish guitarist Erkin Cavus led to the joint recording and release of the “Planet Kalkan” album, which received excellent press reviews.
The year 2010 saw Reentko celebrate his first solo release – an album of entirely self-written compositions oriented on film music and entitled “Sounds for the Silver Screen”.
Reentko’s musical style is characterized by unorthodox, self-developed percussive playing techniques. He is active across a range of genres from classical music to world and pop music, and has worked with a variety of ensembles and musicians including the Dresden Philharmonic, Peter Bruns, Richard Horrowitz, Hands on Strings, Annamateur, Stephan Braun, Valerie Inertie and Tim Bendzko.