Born in 1968, Arve Henriksen studied at the Trondheim Conservatory from 1987-1991, and has worked as a freelance musician since 1988.
Henriksen has worked with a vast array of musicians, including Jon Balke Magnetic North Orchestra/Batagraf, Edward Vesala, Jon Christensen, Marilyn Mazur, Nils Petter Molvær, Arild Andersen, David Sylvian, Jon Hassell, Hope Sandoval, Laurie Anderson, John Paul Jones and Ryuichi Sakamoto. He has composed and commissioned music for festivals, films and documentary programs, and has a discography counting over 180 records in total on various
Arve Henriksen has been the artist in residence at Moers Jazzfestival 2006, OIOI-festival in Bergen 2008 and at Molde Jazz Festival 2009. From 2004-2006 he was a part of the European Jazz Launch project. He has received Norsk Jazzforums Buddy Award 2005, Radka Toneffs Memorial Award 2007, Paul Acket Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2011 and DNB and Kongsberg Jazzfestival’s Musician Award 2011.
Henriksen has collaborated with composers such as Peter Tornquist, Helge Sunde, Terje Bjørklund and Tõnu Kõrvits in cooperation with orchestras andin chamber settings like Cikada String Quartet, Nidaros String Quartet, Zapp 4, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Kristiansand and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and Trondheim Soloists.
In 2009 he was nominated both to the Nordic Council Music Award and the European Jazz Musician of the Year. In 2016 he became Doctor Honoris Causa at The University of Gothenburg.