Anu Honkanen started playing the piano at the age of 5 and the flute at the age of 10 at Toholampi. She continued her studies at Oulu and Lahti conservatories. She got her degree in 2000. She has taken part in master classes given by Mikael Helasvuo, Marin Michael Kofler and Andreas Blau. She has also played the traverse flute with Pauliina Fred.
At the moment Honkanen is a flutist and piccolo flutist at the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and also an active chamber musician. Previously she has worked for the Tampere Filharmonia (1996-1997), Oulu city orchestra (1997-1999) and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1999-2004).