Keila Wakao, age thirteen, lives in Chestnut Hill, MA and began playing the violin at age three with Jan Riggs. When Keila was six years old, the late Mr. Joseph Silverstein accepted her as a student. She currently studies with Donald Weilerstein, Soovin Kim, Anait Arutunian and Keisuke Wakao.
Keila has won numerous competitions since the age of seven, including the NEC Prep Concerto Competition (2016), the New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition (2017), the Junior Division of the Adelphie Orchestra Young Artist Competition as well as second place Overall (2018).
In November, 2017, Keila was invited to speak and perform at TEDx BeaconStreet. During the summer of 2018, she was the youngest participant in the Perlman Music Program, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman.