Karl Margevka


New Zealand-based trombonist and pedagogue Karl Margevka was born to a family of professional orchestral musicians. He grew up in the Ukraine surrounded by classical music and musicians making his choice of profession an easy decision.

Karl, following his father’s advice, joined the local Junior Concert Band in April 1972 and started to learn Euphonium after trying many different instruments. In September of same year, Karl entered a Music School for children and started to practice the Trombone.

In 1976 he went to Kiev State Music College to peruse a professional music education where he studied Trombone under Viktor Sinko.

After graduating with Distinction in 1980, Karl was accepted as a student to Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov’s Conservatoire (now Saint-Petersburg). There he studied Trombone under Viktor Venglovskii and Boris Vinogradov, and graduated in 1985.



Karl’s professional career started in November 1979, when he was appointed to the Stage Band of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Ukraine.

After moving to Leningrad to continue his studies, Karl played casually with Leningrad Philharmonic, Kirov (Mariinsky) and Malyi Theatre, and other bands and ensembles. In 1983 he became Principal Trombone with State Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (now renamed National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine), a position he held until 1995. As a member of NSOU and other groups, he toured and performed throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.

In 1995 Karl relocated to New Zealand after accepting the Principal Trombone position with the CSO.

He often plays with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, most recently recording a CD “Father and Son” of Wagner’s music with Tenor Simon O’Neil for EMI.

As well as 30 years performing experience, Karl is an experienced and passionate educator. Currently he is a Trombone and Chamber Ensemble Teacher with the University of Canterbury and Christchurch School of Music, as well as Brass Tutor for the Community Education Centre for Adults.

Since 2007 when he visited New Zealand and purchased his first “Thein”, Karl became a strong promoter of “Thein” Brass Instruments.

Karl plays:

  • THEIN tenor trombone "Soloist"

  • THEIN alto trombone  "New York"", size 3

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