Born in Rovaniemi, in northern Finland, Annariina Jokela was six years old when she began playing the violin at the music institute in that city. She first took up the viola when she was 13, now inspired by chamber music. Her teachers were Igor Arias and Taru Lehto. In 2013 Jokela began her studies at the Sibelius Academy under Lilli Maijala and later explored new avenues at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, where her teacher was Nils Mönkemeyer. Jokela has been assistant with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra and has played with numerous student orchestras and chamber music ensembles. At the Sibelius Academy, Jokela's chamber music studies were guided by Marko Ylönen, among others. She has also attended masterclasses given by Tabea Zimmermann, Diemut Poppen, Lars Anders Tomter, Rainer Moog, Yuval Gotlibovich, Atte Kilpeläinen and Tommi Aalto.
Jokela is in the Young Chamber Musicians programme.