Annbjørg Lien artist

Annbjørg is one of Norway’s most outstanding fiddlers. She has a solid basis in traditional music, but is strongly inspired by crossing musical borders. Her collaboration with musicians from all over the world has made her a top performer of world music as well as Norwegian folk music. She has the courage to bring folk music into new musical landscapes. Annbjørg comes from a musical family, and studied Hardanger fiddle with her father in addition to classical violin at Ålesund Music School. She later studied privately with several other fiddlers, including Hauk Buen of Telemark. She has also studied interior architecture and furniture design at the Oslo National Academy of Art. Several symphony orchestras have engaged Annbjørg as a guest soloist to perform compositions written for the Hardanger fiddle, such as Geirr Tveitt’s “Tri fjordar”. She has made countless television and radio appearances, including a TV special in memory of King Olav V. She has actively toured with Norwegian music and culture abroad for 25 years, travelling to most parts of the world. Her collaboration with folk musicians from different countries has taught her that folk music is truly an international language.