Annbjørg Lien
Annbjørg Lien is a Norwegian
Norway , officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and Bouvet Island. Norway has a total area of and a population of about 4.9 million...

 musician. She plays the hardingfele
A Hardanger fiddle is a traditional stringed instrument used originally to play the music of Norway. In modern designs, the instruments are very similar to the violin, though with eight or nine strings and thinner wood...

(Hardanger fiddle), violin
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, and nyckelharpa
A nyckelharpa , sometimes called a keyed fiddle, is a traditional Swedish musical instrument. It is a string instrument or chordophone. Its keys are attached to tangents which, when a key is depressed, serve as frets to change the pitch of the string.The nyckelharpa is similar in appearance to a...


She first came to national prominence in 1986. Shortly afterwards got a recording deal with the Heilo label and released her first album on that label in 1988. She has received numerous awards, both in Norway and the Nordic countries, including Gammleng Prize in classical folk music in 2004 and Hilmar Prize in 2006.

In her work, Lien often combines traditional Norwegian music
Music of Norway
Music based on traditional Norwegian form usually includes minor or modal scales , making a sober and haunting sound. Pure major key dance music forms also exist. Prior to the 18th century, there is scant written record of what kind of music was played in Norway, but there is a large aural tradition...

 with jazz
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 and rock music
Rock music
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. She has traveled to Africa
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, Asia
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, Australia
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, Argentina
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, Bhutan
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, Greenland
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, Iceland
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, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
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, North America
North America
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, and other parts of Europe
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, and worked with musicians from many countries. In 2006 she performed on Loreena McKennitt's
Loreena McKennitt
Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt, CM, OM, is a Canadian singer, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. McKennitt is known for her refined, clear soprano vocals...

 album An Ancient Muse
An Ancient Muse
An Ancient Muse is the seventh full-length studio album of the Canadian singer, songwriter, accordionist, harpist, and pianist, Loreena McKennitt. It was released on November 20, 2006 internationally, and November 21, 2006 in the United States and Canada. It was her first studio album after a...

 playing nyckelharpa
A nyckelharpa , sometimes called a keyed fiddle, is a traditional Swedish musical instrument. It is a string instrument or chordophone. Its keys are attached to tangents which, when a key is depressed, serve as frets to change the pitch of the string.The nyckelharpa is similar in appearance to a...

 and played Hardanger fiddle on Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh is an Irish fiddler and the lead vocalist for the Irish traditional band Altan.-Biography:Ní Mhaonaigh grew up in Gweedore , County Donegal, on the northwest coast of Ireland....

's album Imeall
- Personnel :*Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh - vocals, Irish fiddle, Hardanger fiddle*Manus Lunny - bouzouki, programming, vocals, guitar*Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill - piano*Dónal Lunny - bodhrán*Michael McGoldrick - flute, uileann Pipes*Jim Higgins - percussion, bodhrán...

 in 2008.

Her 2008 project Waltz With Me brought together American fiddler, guitarist and singer Bruce Molsky
Bruce Molsky
Bruce C. Molsky is an American fiddler, banjo player, guitarist, and singer. He primarily performs old-time music of the Appalachian region.Molsky was born in 1955 at New York Infirmary in Manhattan, and grew up in The Bronx...

, Swedish violist Mikael Marin and Canadian cellist Christine Hanson for a concert commissioned by the Telemark Festival. The project included a CD of the same name. With Arve Moen Bergset
Arve Moen Bergset
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 and Steinar Ofsdal, she is a member of the folk music group Bukkene Bruse
Bukkene Bruse
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Lien is part of the fiddle ensemble, String Sisters
String Sisters
String Sisters are a Grammy long-listed folk supergroup made up six of the world's leading female fiddlers.-Formation:...

, which formed in 2000 and consists of six string players from six different countries, who released their début album Live in 2007.


  • 1983 - Eg er liten eg / I am just little me
  • 1987 - I Seierstakt / Celebration
  • 1988 - Kjellstadslåttar / Tunes from Kjellstad
  • 1989 - Annbjørg
  • 1993 - Bukkene Bruse - Bukkene Bruse
  • 1994 - Felefeber / Fiddlefantasia
  • 1995 - Bukkene Bruse - Åre
  • 1996 - Prisme / Prism
  • 1998 - Bukkene Bruse - Steinstolen / The Stone Chair
  • 1999 - Baba Yaga
  • 2001 - Bukkene Bruse - Den Fagraste Rosa
  • 2002 - Aliens Alive
  • 2004 - Bukkene Bruse - Spel
  • 2007 - String Sisters Live
  • 2008 - Waltz with me
  • 2009 - Annbjørg Lien / Bjørn Ole Rasch - Come home
  • 2010 - Annbjørg Lien / Sondre Bratland - Alle vegne

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