Keila Wakao United States / Japan, 14, Junior

Keila was born in Boston, MA 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 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 TEDx BeaconStreet. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, she was the youngest participant in the Perlman Music Program.

“Having the honor of participating in the Menuhin Competition is really a dream come true. Having the opportunity to listen to many talented musicians from all over the world and having the chance to share my love for music for an international audience is something I have been excited about for my whole life! Although this is a competition, my goal is to make fun memories, meet many musicians, and make long-lasting friends.”


Junior First Round
  • Dvořák (arr. Kreisler) Songs My Mother Taught Me
  • Rode Caprice No. 4 in E minor from 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 22
  • Schubert Sonatina No. 1 in D Major, Op. 137, D. 384
  • Telemann Fantasia for Solo Violin, No. 9 in B minor, TWV 40:22
Junior Semi Final
  • Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 1
  • Szymanowski Nocturne and Tarantella
  • Steven Mackey Interior Design for Solo Violin, Vermont Slate
Junior Final
  • Bloch Baal Shem, Nigun
  • Mason Bates Bound Away
  • Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, Allegro moderato