Nguyễn Thanh Thủy is a leading Vietnamese zither đàn tranh player/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. Since 2000 she holds a teaching position at the Vietnam National Academy of Music.
She is a founding member of The Six Tones, a group which has developed into a platform for intercultural collaboration across South East Asia, Europe and the US, since 2006. Between 2012-19 she moved to Sweden to carry out an artistic doctoral project at the Malmö Academy of Music concerned with gesture and gender in traditional Vietnamese music. Between 2021-23 she is an international postdoctoral researcher at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and at the Institute of Arts, Faculty of Education Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Her postdoc research topic is Music and identity in the diaspora: new perspective on Vietnamese female immigrants in Scandinavia.