Bodil Arnesen trained in Norway and has appeared with all the leading symphony orchestras of her native country. She has won many prizes and distinctions. In 1991 she won Third Prize in the international ARD competition in Munich, and the next year she was awarded the European Culture Prize in Dresden. The same year she was the first to win the Kirsten Flagstad Prize. Bodil Arnesen has recorded several CDs with, among others, the Berliner Radio Symphony Orchestra.