Isaiah Kaiawe

Isaiah originally started the violin at age 6 but picked up the viola three years ago.  He is 18 years old and is taking a gap year to save for university next year, where he hopes to study bio-medical sciences as a pathway to medicine.

Isaiah has been involved with Whangarei Youth Music for 5 years where he has been a sectional leader for both his string group and orchestra – principal 2nd violinist for two years and then principal violist for the following 3 years.  He won second place in the Northland Performing Arts Competition in 2016 and, in 2018, the orchestra and string group he played with at WYM earned gold awards at the Rhapsody Rotorua music festival.  Also in 2018 he won the New Zealand Secondary Schools Chamber Music Contest, playing in the Te Ahi Kaa ensemble. Isaiah is currently working towards LTCL on viola.

Aside from music, Isaiah enjoys partying, sports and gaming.