2017 Young Artist Competition Winner
Keila Wakao, 11, of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts began studying the violin at the age of three and developed rapidly, catching the eye and the ear of the late Mr. Joseph Silverstein who accepted Keila as a student at the age of six. She currently studies with Donald Weilerstein, Soovin Kim, Anait Arutunian and Keisuke Wakao.
Despite her young age, Keila has proven herself as a serious and competitive violinist. At the age of seven, she won the Forte International Music Competition in New York, followed by a 1st place win at the 8th Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan. Other recent accolades include: winner of Waltham Symphony Orchestra Young Artist String Competition and winner of the New England Conservatory Prep Concerto Competition.
Keila has performed with the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, the Waltham Symphony Orchestra, the Ogaki Chamber Orchestra in Japan and performed as a soloist with the NEC Junior Repertoire Orchestra in Boston’s Jordan Hall. Keila was also selected to participate in Julia Fischer‘s violin master class and played at the final concert in Tutzing, Germany.
This year she was invited to perform and to speak at TEDx BeaconStreet which will be held in November, 2017.
In her spare time, Keila enjoys reading, drawing, fashion design, and studying the Japanese language.