Born in 1961 in Bussum, Rieken's native city later rewarded him with a scholarship for music in 1982. During his study in an Amsterdam conservatory he played in the National, European, and the World Youth Orchestra. As a freelancer, he played in all the major orchestras of Holland and Iceland. He was a percussionist (everything besides drumset) in the Metropole Orchestra from 1994 until 2002 when the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra offered him the position of solo percussionist. He is a member of the Amsterdam Percussion Group since the founding in 1980. He taught at the musicschool in Lelystad from 1985 till 1994, and at several international (summer) courses; nowadays he is teaching orchestral repertoire at the Amsterdam Percussion Group Institute, coaching percussion, sections of several youth orchestras, and is frequently asked as a jury member for competitions, exams and auditions.