A child prodigy, William began his career at 16 playing with the late Stanley Turrentine in Chicago at a street festival; he was later invited to play at Stanley’s funeral. Artope honed his trumpet style under Chicago jazz greats: Frank Portolese, Bobby Lewis, and Orbert Davis. At 17, he had the honor of playing in concert with  Wayne Shorter, Nestor Torres, Onaje Allan Gumbs, and Buster Williams. Shortly after, he was accepted into the National Foundation for The Advancement in the Arts, where he was honored to share and play in the Clifford Brown & Stan Getz group and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival. William was accepted into USC’s Thornton School of Music and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Jazz.

Artope is a versatile and energetic musician, having shared the stage and recorded with numerous popular artists. He was a member of the Kids Cotton Club created by Danny Masterson. Other performances with: John Mayer, toured with Teena Marie for 5 years, Stevie Wonder, accompanied Mariah Carey at the 2006 Grammy’s, Ludacris on the Jay Leno Show, India Arie, Nine Inch Nails, Mos Def, Rick Ross, Lloyd, Snoop Dogg, Sinbad & The Stank Nasty Band, Macy Gray, Blu Cantrell, Richard Wright, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind & Fire, Capital Cities, Common, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Prince, Sebastian Bach, Kelsea Ballerini, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin, Brett Young, Meghan Trainor, Eric Benet, David Foster, Lupe Fiasco, Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, Blake Shelton, Johnny Gill, Miles Mosely and as a regular Guest with NBC’s Late Night with Carson Daly house band. William has also performed on American Idol and The Voice, as well as appearances on HBO’s “Criminal Minds,” July 4th 2017 (ABC) and CMA Country Christmas 2017 (ABC) TV Specials with Lady Antebellum. William regularly tours with Capital cities and had the pleasure of performing at Lollapalooza, Life is Beautiful, Kaaboo, Playboy Jazz, Firefly, Coachella, March Madness, Sunfest, and various other music festivals internationally. Most recently William toured with Lady Antebellum on the “You Look Good World Tour” 2017 which included local venues such as the legendary Hollywood Bowl.

William is currently pursuing his recording career and launching his Quintet set to perform here in the U.S. and Internationally.