Sturdivant Adams is a two-time nominee of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards – in 2020 for Aura and in 2019 for Between the Shadows. He is the recipient of a 2020 ASCAP Morton Gould Award, the 2020 ScoreLive Composer of the Year Award, and the 2018 Royal Northern Sinfonia’s “New Year, New Music” Award. His score for the upcoming adventure romance feature Prisoners of Paradise was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, and films he has scored have screened at festivals around the world, including the Tribeca and Cannes film festivals. His music has appeared in feature films and television series from Paramount+, Hulu and Sony Pictures Television.
Sturdivant’s concert music has also received critical acclaim, including his Symphony 2 which was commissioned by Warsaw’s Polin Museum and premiered in 2019 by the Sinfonia Varsovia. He has also composed for the Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, London’s Orchestra for the Earth, and Brightwork Newmusic for the LA HearNow Festival. His upcoming album Revolutions blurs the lines between the languages of film and concert music, and features performances by Sturdivant and Ensemble Muir.
After beginning studies in classical piano at a young age, Sturdivant later shifted to jazz, working with Grammy-winning and nominated artists Taylor Eigsti, Ambrose Akinmusire, Terri Lyne Carrington, Eric Harland, Walter Smith III, and Julian Lage. He holds an MPhil in Music Composition from the University of Oxford, an MM in Screen Scoring from the USC Thornton School of Music, and a BA from Columbia University.