Born in 1968, Arve Henriksen studied at the Trondheim Conservatory from 1987-1991, and has worked as a freelance musician since 1989.
He has worked with many musicians familiar to ECM listeners, including Jon Balke (with whose Magnetic North Orchestra he has played extensively), Anders Jormin, Edward Vesala, Jon Christensen, Marilyn Mazur, Audun Kleive, Nils Petter Molvær, Misha Alperin, Arkady Shilkloper, Arild Andersen, Hilmar Jensson, Skuli Sverrisson, Stian Carstensen, Dhafer Youssef, Sidsel Endresen, Stian Westerhus, David Sylvian, Jon Hassell, Hope Sanduval, Eivind Aarset, Erik Honoré, the Cikada String Quartet, The Source and more.
He has played in many different contexts, bands and projects, ranging from working with koto player Satsuki Odamura, to the rock band Motorpsycho via numerous free improvising groups with Ernst Reisiger, Sten Sandell, Peter Friis-Nilsen, Lotte Anker, Terje Isungset, Marc Ducret ,Karl Seglem et cetera. Today he is working with Supersilent and various settings including Jan Bang, Audun Kleive, Helge Norbakken and Ingar Zach.
He has a long discography counting over 110 records in total.