Nguyễn Thanh Thủy is a leading Vietnamese zither 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.
She is a founding member of The Six Tones (VN/SE), a group which has developed into a platform for intercultural collaboration across South East Asia, Europe and the US, since 2006. Between 2009 and 2011, she was part of the international artistic research project (Re)thinking Improvisation. Between 2012 - 2019 she carried out an artistic doctoral project at the Malmö Academy of Music concerned with gesture in traditional Vietnamese music. Since 2013 she has been part of a research cluster at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, looking at subjectivity in musical performance. She is currently engaged in Musical Transformations, a senior research project looking at musical change, in transcultural and intercultural settings.