Meet the Performers
Keila Wakao 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 has won numerous competitions since the age of seven, including the NEC Prep Concerto Competition, the New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, the Junior Division of the Adelphi Orchestra Young Artist Competition as well as second place Overall and the Boston Civic Symphony Concerto Competition 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.
A two-time prize winner of the Renée B. Fisher Competition, Chihiro Larissa Tsukamoto has performed at the Haydn Hall of Esterházy Palace in Austria, the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Hungary, the Schumann House in Germany, and Jordan Hall in Boston. Larissa received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and an M.A. in Medieval Icelandic Studies from the University of Iceland. She has also studied ballet at Steps on Broadway, percussion at the Manhattan School of music, and piano performance at The Juilliard School. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Medieval Studies at Yale University, and is also pursuing a Certificate in Clinical Musicianship in accordance with the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. Listen to her playing harp at Traveling Lyra.
Pianist Akiko Tsukamoto is an active solo, collaborated in chamber music and piano duo musician. She came to the U.S. in 1999 and attended the Yale University School of Music. A winner of the Nishinihon International Music Competition, she has performed and collaborated with members of the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, Akiko has been an enthusiastic music educator. Currently, she maintains private piano studio in Watertown, MA where she enjoys teaching with both children and adults. She is a member of the MMTA, MTNA, and the Lexington Music Club. Akiko graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in piano performance and is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a member of the ASAT. Akiko is the President and Executive Director of the Boston Charity Concert since 2011. Akiko also has a Youtube channel, follow her at akkottopiano.