Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a native of Tokyo, Japan. Megumi began to play the trombone at age ten and continued her studies at the prestigious Toho High School of Music, where she studied with Sumio Miwa, trombonist in the NHK Symphony.
Megumi came to the United States in 1994 and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with James DeSano, former Principal Trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra. Prior to joining the Milwaukee Symphony in 2002, she served as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, faculty member of the Eastman School of Music Community Education Division, and Principal Trombonist of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
In April 2006, Megumi was recognized by the Arion Foundation in Tokyo, Japan as one of the most influential Japanese classical artists. She has also received a Certificate of Commendation from the Consul General of Japan at Chicago in recognition for distinguished service contributing to the friendship between the United States and Japan. Megumi was named a 2017 Woman of Influence in the category of education by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
Megumi has performed in recital and as a soloist across the United States, Europe and Asia with numerous orchestras and at dozens of universities and festivals. She has premiered the works of Amy Riebs Mills, Bruce Stark, and Geoffrey Gordon.
Megumi’s first book, The One Hundred, a collection of orchestral trombone excerpts with accompanying commentary, was published in August 2015 by Encore Music Publishers and is a resource widely used by aspiring young trombonists around the world.
As a JVC/Victor Entertainment artist, Megumi recorded three solo albums: Amazing Grace, Gloria, and Mona Lisa.
Megumi is proud to be a Greenhoe clinician and performs on a Greenhoe trombone.