Trombonist Megumi Kanda to present guest recital Feb. 18

Feb. 11, 2010

Megumi Kanda, principal trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, will a present a guest recital Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

She will hold a masterclass following the recital. Both recital and masterclass are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Kanda’s program will include Concerto by Launy Grondahl, selections from Flute Partitas by Bach, “Elegy for Mippy II” by Leonard Berstein and Concertino by Lars-Erik Larsson. Kanda will be accompanied on piano by Jessica Paul, Luther associate professor of music.

Kanda has been the principal trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 2002. A native of Tokyo, Japan, she began to play the trombone at age 10 and continued her study at the prestigious Toho High School of Music, where she studied with Sumio Miwa, trombonist in the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

At age 15, she became the youngest player ever to be named as one of the top 10 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.

Kanda came to the United States in 1994. She holds the 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 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, Kanda was recognized by the Arion Foundation in Tokyo, Japan, as one of the most influential Japanese classical artists.

She has performed in recital and as a soloist across the United States, Europe and Asia, including with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Field Band and the Prague Chamber Orchestra.

As an artist on the JVC/Victor Entertainment label, Kanda has recorded three solo albums: “Amazing Grace,” “Gloria,” and “Mona Lisa.” She also can be heard on “Magnifique Live,” a live recording of Kanda and other JVC artists in the August 2005 performance at Takemitsu Hall in Tokyo’s Opera City.

Kanda’s visit is sponsored by donations from alumni Ross Lund and Ray Torresdal and Greenhoe Instruments, Jackson, Wis.