Vân-Ánh Võ is one of the finest performers of Vietnamese instruments in the world and a rapidly emerging composer. She dedicates her life to creating music by blending the wonderfully unique sounds of Vietnamese instruments with other music genres and fusing deeply rooted Vietnamese musical traditions with fresh new structures and compositions.
Vân-Ánh comes from a family of musicians and began studying the đàn Tranh (16-string zither) at the age of four. She graduated with distinction from the Vietnam National Academy of Music and won the National Đàn Tranh Competition in 1995. She has toured over twenty five countries and presented her music at top venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, NPR, and the Olympic Games 2012 Music Festival. Since settling in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, Vân-Ánh has focused on collaborating with musicians across different music genres to create new works, bringing Vietnamese traditional music to a wider audience, and preserving her cultural legacy through teaching.
Vân-Ánh Võ was co-composer and arranger for the Oscar® nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary, Daughter from Danang (2002), the Emmy® Award-winning film and soundtrack for Bolinao 52 (2008), and the winner of multiple Best Documentary and Audience Favorite awards, A Village Called Versailles (2009). Her latest CD, Three-Mountain Pass, featuring the Kronos Quartet, was selected as one of NPR’s Best 10 World Music CDs of 2013. She has recently been invited and participated as a judge in the World Music category for the 2015 Grammy.
In addition to đàn Tranh, Vân-Ánh also performs as soloist on the monochord (đàn Bầu), bamboo xylophone (đàn T’rung), traditional drums (trống) and many other traditional instruments.