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Bio

Sturdivant’s music has reached an international audience throughout Europe and the United States. The winner of the 2018 U.K. national Young Composers’ Competition sponsored by the Royal Northern Sinfonia, his music has been premiered or recorded by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra for the Earth, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and members of the LA Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in San Francisco in 1993, Sturdivant developed an early interest in music when he started studying piano at a young age, continuing his study of both classical (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and jazz (California Jazz Conservatory) over the next 20 years.

Sturdivant holds an MPhil in Music Composition with Distinction from the University of Oxford (Worcester College), where he studied with composer Robert Saxton, and a BA magna cum laude from Columbia University. While at Oxford, he was mentored by Tony Award-Winning composer Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables).

In 2017, Sturdivant’s Symphony 2 was commissioned by the award-winning POLIN Museum, the piece receiving its premiere by Penderecki’s Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra in February 2019 at the POLIN Music Festival in Warsaw, Poland.

In 2010, Sturdivant founded a music arranging and transcription business, working for over a half dozen GRAMMY award-winning and nominated artists including Terri Lyne Carrington, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Walter Smith III, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Sturdivant is currently pursuing a Master’s in Screen Scoring at USC Thornton in Los Angeles, where he studies with composers Bruce Broughton (Rescuers Down Under, Lost in Space, Silverado), Christopher Young (Hellraiser, Spider-Man 3, The Grudge), and Garry Schyman (Bioshock series).