Rainer Wiertz was born on 12.9.1955 in Düsseldorf. He studied German and French Literature Philology and Musicology at Universities of Lausanne, Swiss, Sorbonne, Paris and Düsseldorf, Germany. In 1983 he has done his thesis about Wagner and Goethe at the University of Düsseldorf. From 1983 until 1986 he worked Neuss as a research associate at the Kulturamt Neuss. In 1987 he became the consultant of the cultural services of the city of Neuss beeing responsible for the planning, conceptions and realization of classical concerts, contemporary dance and theatre. Among these the Zeughaus-Konzerte, the Shakespeare-Festival Globe Neuss and the Internationalen Tanzwochen Neuss.