Nguyễn, Thanh Thủy is a leading đàn tranh player and improviser in both traditional and experimental music. She was born into a theatre family and was raised with traditional Vietnamese music from an early age in Hà Nội. She studied at the Hanoi Conservatory of Music and has received many distinctions included the First Prize and the Outstanding Traditional Music Performer Prize in the National Competition of Zither Talents in 1998. Nguyễn Thanh Thủy has recorded several CD’s as soloist with orchestra and solo CDs released by Phương Nam Film (VN), dB Productions (SWE), Setola di Maiale (IT) and by NEUMA Records & Publications (US). She collaborates with composers such as Richard Karpen (US), Kent Olofsson (SE), Nguyễn Thiện Đạo (FR/VN) and Trần Thị Kim Ngọc (VN). The last eight years she has been collaborating extensively with choreographers and theatre directors on many interdisciplinary projects. Between 2009 and 2011, she was involved as an artistic researcher in the international research project (re)thinking improvisation, a collaboration between the Vietnam National Academy of Music and the Malmö Academy of Music.
Since 2012 she has carried out this artistic doctoral project at the Malmö Academy of Music concerned with the function of gesture in traditional Vietnamese music. The aims are to expand the expressive scope of her performance, through cross-disciplinary and intercultural collaboration and to question current gender norms that shape the present-day performance culture of traditional Vietnamese music.