Faculty, Interlochen Trombone, Tuba and Euphonium Institute
Principal Trombone, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, is a native of Tokyo, Japan. While a student at the prestigious Toho High School of Music, 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 high school.
Megumi came to the United States in 1994, and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. 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.
As a JVC/Victor Entertainment artist, Megumi recorded three solo albums: "Amazing Grace," "Gloria," and "Mona Lisa."
Pieces written for and premiered by Megumi in numerous international concerto and recital appearances include works by Amy Mills, Bruce Stark, and Geoffrey Gordon.
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. In 2017 Megumi was named a Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
Megumi's first book, "The One Hundred," a comprehensive trombone orchestral excerpt book with commentary, was published in 2015. It has since been translated into numerous languages and is widely used around the world.
Megumi lives in Shorewood, WI, with her husband Dietrich Hemann and their three boys Hans, Max, and Lukas.