Copper Mill Elementary orchestra students received a special visit from 18-year-old Adé Williams, an award-winning violinist from Chicago, who performed as well as led a master class for the students and their orchestra director, Amy Pan.
Williams is a violin prodigy who has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world, has won numerous scholarships and awards and is the 2012 first-place junior division Laureate of the Sphinx Competition and member of the Sphinx Virtuosi. She recently received a $15,000 prize from National Public Radio’s “From the Top with Christopher O’Riley,” a program celebrating the stories, talents and character of America’s best precollegiate classically trained musicians.
Pan and students welcomed Williams, who performed a partita, a set of six works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, and gave the master class on subdividing the beat and vibrato.
Pan said she and her students worked with Scott Miller, education director at the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, to apply for a grant to fund Williams’ visit.
During her trip to Louisiana, Williams performed Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 28.
To watch performances by Williams or read her biography, visit sphinxmusic.org/bio- ade-williams.html.