Henrik Rabien studied with professor Eberhard Marschal. He was a member of Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. He held the principal bassoon position at Gürzenich-Orchester (Köln) and since 1998 he is principal bassoon at WDR-Sinfonieorchester (Köln). Also he has played with Bayerisches Staatsorchester München, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, amongst others.
As a soloist, Rabien has played with numerous symphony orchestras, such as with WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln, Skyline Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt or Sinfonietta Frankfurt, as well as several chamber orchestras. Nowadays, he is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main.