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First prize, 2021 Menuhin Violin Competition

First prize, 2021 Stulburg String Competition

“The first notes that she started playing captured my heart."

“One thing that comes across to everybody is how much she enjoys her musicmaking and loves to perform. That’s a really rare and fantastic quality.”

- Boston Globe 2021



Keila Wakao was awarded the 1st prize and the Junior Composer Award in the 2021 Menuhin International Violin Competition.
She was also the 1st prize winner of the Stulburg International String Competition and was awarded the Bach prize in 2021.

Born in 2006, 16 year old violinist Keila Wakao is from Boston, MA and began playing the violin at the age of 3. At age 6, the late Mr. Joseph Silverstein accepted Keila as a student. Currently, she is a tenth grader at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and studies with Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
Keila has also been receiving Kyoko Takezawa's private instruction in Japan.


Menuhin Violin Competition Junior Finals (2021)
First Prize Winner, 15 year old Keila Wakao


Legendary composer, John Williams congratulates Keila for her success in the Menuhin Competition!
Thank you Mr. Williams for this beautiful video! (2021)
Permission was directly given by Mr. Williams to share this with the public.