Virtuoso Profile

Lucinda Cran

Lucinda is Principal Bassoon of Orchestra Victoria and teaches at the University of Melbourne and Monash University

About Me

Lucinda Cran has been the principal bassoon of Orchestra Victoria since 1989. Born in Sydney she began piano studies at the age of 6 and then bassoon, while a student at the Sydney Conservatorium High School. Her teacher was her father, John Cran, former principal bassoon with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

After her Conservatorium studies she spent a year in the ABC Sinfonia before taking up the position of principal bassoon of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra in 1982, a position she held for three years before returning to Sydney to freelance. During this time Lucinda worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra before accepting the position of second bassoon in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1987, alongside her father. A highlight of this time was the SSO’s Bicentennial Tour of the United States, which included a performance in Carnegie Hall.

Lucinda has been teaching the bassoon for more than thirty years and has taught at Melbourne University, the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University. She has had wide experience as an examiner and auditioner for these institutions. She has had a long association with National Music Camp as a staff child, student and tutor, and was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra. She has also tutored at MacGregor Summer School in Queensland. She is currently on staff at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

Lucinda enjoys playing chamber music and is a member of Ensemblinx and the octet Melbourne Wind Power performing with them on a successful tour of New Zealand and can be heard on their CD “A Night at the Opera”.

In 2003 Lucinda performed the Weber Bassoon Concerto with the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra and in 2004 was a recitalist at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Melbourne. With Orchestra Victoria she performed a Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in 2005 and in 2006 the Mozart Bassoon concerto.

Lucinda has had wide experience in teaching and coaching students in preparation for orchestral auditions.

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