Rene Rakier studied piano, organ and choral conduction at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, where he was awarded the Prix d'Excellence. He also won the award of the Circle of Friends of the Concertgebouw. He appeared nationally and internationally (Wigmore Hall, a.o.) as a soloist and with orchestras. His performances include appearances with the Residentie Orkest, the oordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest and the Radio Philharmonisch Orkest and he worked with conductors such as Hans Vonk a.o.
For several years, he did research together with violinist Willem Noske, mainly on Dutch music dating from the period 1840 - 1930. One of their major discoveries was the violin sonata by Gerrit I. van Eijken (1832-1879). In 1992 he prepared a legible version of the manuscript Requiem, by the choral conductor and composer, Daniël de Lange (1841-1918). The recording of the Dutch Chamber Choir's performance of this Requiem was awarded an Edison.