There are two artists called Rainer 1. Rainer Ptacek active until 1997
2. London based duo Rainer active 2013 - Rainer Ptacek: Born on June 7, 1951, in East Germany, Rainer Jaromir Ptacek grew up in Chicago after his family fled the Communist country in 1953. Musically inclined from childhood, in the mid '60s Rainer swapped violin for guitar. (He once quipped, "None of the Beatles, it seemed, were interested in violin.