Adé Williams

Junior Division First Place Laureate of the 2012 Annual Sphinx Competition presented by the DTE Energy Foundation. Ade Williams performs as part of the Sphinx Professional Development Program sponsored by the GM Foundation.

Adé Williams (15) is first place laureate of the Junior Division of the Sphinx Competition (2012), the Vivaldi Seasons Competition (Cambridge, England, 2012), and various other competitions, beginning with the Walgreen’s National Concerto Competition (2005).

Adé’s orchestral debut with the Chicago Sinfonietta (2004) at age six launched a wonderful succession of solo opportunities. Her recent thrills include international soloing in England, Switzerland, Bermuda, and on a 14-city U.S. tour with Sphinx Virtuosi. She has begun her 2012–2013 Sphinx Laureate solo tour and looks forward to her forthcoming Italian debut in the summer of 2013.

In 2004 Adé founded SugarStrings (, a string trio of cousins known for exhilarating performances on WFMT, CNN/Essence, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CSO and Ravinia affairs, and numerous civic and charitable events for the City of Chicago and around the country.

Adé is a Betsey and John Puth Fellow and a William Warfield Scholar at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians where she studies violin privately with artist faculty members Almita and Roland Vamos. She performs on a violin by Jan van Rooyen, 2008, after the “Comte de Villares” Stradivarius, 1720, on generous loan from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation. She is also a Bauder Fellow, a Links Fellow, and an Alexandra and John Nichols Scholar. She is a charter member of the Junior Division of the Chicago Music Association.

Adé enjoys time with friends and family (especially little brother, cellist Jonathan), ballet, acting, soccer, movie classics, and now blogging her musical adventures on social media through “AdéBows.”

Violinist Adé Williams, “a Chicagoland wunderkind … showed every promise of someday being known not only as a one-name performer but also as one singular sensation,” reviewed the Grand Rapids Press (July 13, 2012).

Adé Williams