Soon after graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire in 1994, Luan became a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal. She has freelanced with the CBSO for over 20 years and has played principal clarinet for numerous Longborough Festival Opera productions including Wagner’s Ring Cycle. As a chamber musician she has performed throughout the UK, on BBC Radio and at the Banff International Festival and her research on Members’ Roles in Wind Quintets was published shortly after completing an MA in ‘Psychology for Musicians’ at the University of Sheffield. In 2001, Luan was awarded honorary membership of Birmingham Conservatoire ‘in recognition of distinguished work within the field of music’.
Her teaching experience spans almost 30 years and positions have included Co-ordinator of Woodwind and Brass at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department and Head of Instrumental Studies at Hallfield School, Birmingham, in addition to training children’s choirs and instrumental ensembles in her local community. Having worked for Live Music Now, Music in Hospitals and the Lost Chord project for Dementia suffers for many years, Luan has continued to deliver workshops in mainstream and special schools, hospitals, hospices and care homes across England and Wales.
Alongside her work with the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, Luan is co-principal clarinet of orchestra of the Swan. She has been an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2001, and an ABRSM Diploma examiner since 2007. She is also Lecturer in Pedagogy and Director of the AdvPgDip (Professional Performance) course at Birmingham Conservatoire.