Nguyễn Thanh Thủy


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Royal College of Music in Stockholm

Nguyễn Thanh Thủy is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH). She is a leading 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. She studied at the Hanoi Conservatory of Music where she received her diploma in 1998, followed by a Master of Arts at the Institute of Cultural Studies in 2003. She has received many distinctions including the First Prize and the Outstanding Traditional Music Performer Prize in the National Competition of Zither Talents in 1998. She has toured around the world and recorded several CD’s as soloist with orchestra and solo CDs.


Between 2012 and 2019 she carried out an artistic PhD project concerned with gestures in traditional Vietnamese music from a gender perspective. She received her doctoral degree at Lund University in November 2019. Between 2021 and 2023 Nguyễn was an international postdoctoral research fellow at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and at the Institute of Arts, Faculty of Education, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Her artistic research project focuses on music and identity in diaspora, and was funded by the Swedish Research Council.

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