Anniken Paulsen (born:April 28th 1955) grew up at Greåker cinema. Coming from a musical family, she started playing piano at the age of five. Reimar Riefling was her teacher from age 12 until she started her studies at Østlandets Musikkonservatorium to become a soloist/pedagogue. At her debut in 1980, the program included compositions by Schoenberg, Webern, Ravel, Lizt and Schuman among others.

In 1990 she started her studies at The Norwegian Academy of Music, with professor Olav Anton Thommessen as teacher. She composed for orchestra, chamber and music to four fairytales Hans & Grete, The Nightingale a.o. Ref.

Despite her classical education, the upbringing at the cinema has inspired her, and led to wide cooperations with writers, video/costumedesigners and painters.

In the year 2000 Anniken Paulsen enter new musical constellations,both as composer and performer in

cooperative projects with author Lars Saabye Christensen and pop-art duo Always Lulu. Ref

She has done commissioned work for the Arts Council Norway, Concerts Norway, NRK, Arctic Brass, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and The Festival of North Norway.

Participated at rock festivals as Føling i Fjæra, Månefestivalen i Fredrikstad , Glengfestivalen and contemperary music festivals-The festival of North Norway, Autunnale in Bergen, Ilios in Harstad and VinterRiss in Østfold.

Work experience as pianist/educationalist, district musician covering the northern parts of Norway, stageart academy Østfold, teachers college in Alta, Skjeberg folkehøyskole. As pianist in Norrbotten/Vasterbotten for Concerts Sweden and art pedagogue at Norrbottens Bildningsforbund in Luleå, Sweden.