Pan Yun grew up in a musical family. He began the Piano lesson at the age of 6 with his parents the piano professors at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He started to learn the Oboe at the age of 13 with Professor Zhu Dun then continued the Oboe study with Professor Bai Yu at Central Conservatory of Music, China from 1980 - 1984. He attained the Bachelor degree in 1984 and went to Northern Illinois University, USA on full scholarship for Master degree with Professor Carl Sonic.
He joined SSO in 1985 as Associate Principal Oboist.