Megumi Kanda has been the Principal Trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 2002. A native of Tokyo, Japan, Megumi began to play the trombone at age ten and continued her study at the prestigious Toho High School of Music, where she studied with Sumio Miwa, trombonist in the NHK Symphony. At age fifteen, she became the youngest player ever to be named as one of the top ten trombonists at the Japanese Wind and Percussion Competition. Two years later she won the Grand Prize in the National Competition for Solo Trombone and won best soloist prize upon graduation from the Toho High School of Music.
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, who was then Principal Trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra. Prior to joining the Milwaukee Symphony, she previously served as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, faculty member of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and 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.
Megumi has performed in recital and as a soloist across the United States, Europe and Asia, including with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the US Army Field Band, and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. As a JVC/Victor Entertainment artist, Megumi has recorded three solo albums: Amazing Grace, Gloria, and Mona Lisa. She also can be heard on Magnifique Live, a live recording of Megumi and other JVC artists in the August 2005 performance at Takemitsu Hall in Tokyo's Opera City. Worldwide, her solo CD sales number more than 10,000.
Megumi is a Conn clinician, and she is very proud to perform on a Greenhoe Conn. In her spare time, Megumi enjoys gardening, going to Brewers games, and taking walks with her husband Dietrich and sons Hans and Max.