Megumi Hamaya was born in Japan and started playing the piano at the age of four. She won a piano prize for young talents in Japan and regularly played the organ in Kyoto/Japan.
At the age of 18 she began to study music. In March 2009, she completed her organ studies with Kimiko Nakayama at Doshisha Women's University majoring in music/organ. From October 2009 she studied organ at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg with Prof. Helmut Deutsch. In 2011 she successfully completed her Master of Music and in 2012 her Advanced Studies. Since 2010 she played several solo concerts in Freiburg and Berlin.
After that she studied at the University of Arts in Berlin with Prof. Leo van Doeselaar and also with Prof. Erwin Wiersinga for her Concert Exam. In February 2014, in collaboration with Prof. Paolo Crivellaro, she finished the first part of her Concert Exam in the Berliner Dom, and in July 2014 the second part in St. Paul's Church in Berlin Zehlendorf with great success. She regularly plays ensemble concerts with the orchestra of the Berlin Bach Society. Since October 2014 she studied a specialized concert exam for ensemble/orchestra, again with Prof. Leo van Doeselaar, which she finished in April 2015 with great success.
In July 2015 she won the 2nd prize in the International Schnitger Organ Competition in Alkmaar, Netherlands.
Megumi Hamaya lives and works in Berlin.