Joan Enric Lluna combines his work as a clarinetist with conducting orchestras.
As a conductor and conductor-soloist, Lluna has stepped in front of orchestras such as Lucerne Festival Strings, Manchester Camerata, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana (OCV) at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Kensington Chamber Orchestra in London, Orquesta de Valencia, Real Filharmonía de Galicia and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga. He recently conducted the concerts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Orquesta de Cadaqués to great public and critical acclaim. He has also conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and his upcoming commitments will take him to the stage with Berliner Camerata, OCV at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía and the ADDA Simfònica de Alicante, among others.
As a soloist, he has performed on the main stages of Europe under the direction of maestros such as Zubin Mehta, Gianandrea Noseda, Juanjo Mena and Neville Marriner, as well as in chamber ensembles such as the Brodsky, Tokyo and Alexander quartets and with soloists including Lluís Claret, Tasmin Little and Josep Colom. He is principal clarinet for the OCV at the Palau de las Artes Reina Sofía, a position he was appointed to by Lorin Maazel in 2006. He is also principal clarinet for the Orquesta de Cadaqués, of which he is a co-founder. He was principal clarinet for the Bournemouth Sinfonietta from 1996 to 1999, and as guest principal clarinet, he performed with groups including the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Lluna is the driving force behind and conductor of the Moonwinds chamber ensemble, which is composed of first-class wind instrumentalists. Moreover, since 2009, he has directed the international Residències de Música de Cambra festival in Godella, Valencia (Spain).
Lluna has performed an impressive volume of clarinet soloist repertoire and premiered concertos by composers such as Sir John Tavener, J. Guinjoan, César Cano, Jesús Torres, Paul Barker and Sánchez Verdú. Likewise, throughout his career, he has debuted a large number of chamber works by composers such as J. Torres, I. Žebeljan, P. Barker, D. del Puerto and H. Khoury. He recently commissioned and premiered concertos for performance as a conductor-soloist by Isidora Žebeljan and Jesús Torres. Among his future projects are the release of a CD dedicated to Salvador Bacarisse by Moonwinds; the recording of jazz impact, dedicated to Leonard Bernstein and Benny Goodman; and the first recording of chamber pieces by Benet Casablancas for Naxos with the Moonwinds Ensemble.
Among his recordings, two of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 are of particular note, recorded with conductors Sir Neville Marriner (Tritó) and Antony Pay (Cala Records). He has also recorded with the Tokyo, Brodsky and Alexander String Quartets. He has additionally produced five albums dedicated to Spanish music, released by Harmonia Mundi and Clarinet Classics. His latest is dedicated to the musicians exiled during the Spanish Civil War (Tritó, 2015). With Moonwinds, he has recorded Mozart’s “Gran Partita” as well as his Winds Serenades, in addition to Una Cosa Rara and an album dedicated to previously unreleased divertimenti by Martin y Soler.