Keila Wakao
2021 Gold Medalist
2021 Bach Prize Winner
Chestnut Hill, MA

Keila Wakao was born in 2006 and began playing the violin at the age of three. The late Mr. Joseph Silverstein accepted Keila as a student when she was six years old. She currently studies with Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Keila has won numerous competitions since the age of seven, including the NEC Prep Concerto Competition, the New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition and the Junior Division of the Adelphi Orchestra Young Artist Competition as well as second place overall among others. Keila gave her first solo performance with an orchestra at nine years old.

Since then, she has performed solos and recitals throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Japan, and Germany. In 2017, Keila was invited to speak and perform at TEDxBeaconStreet. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, she was the youngest participant in the Perlman Music Program.