An American composer, Sturdivant Adams’ music has reached an international audience throughout Europe and the United States. Sturdivant’s unique musical voice has come from a lifelong study of classical and jazz piano performance and composition, and over a decade’s work with some of the most diverse artists in the world, including GRAMMY-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, Blue Note Records Artist Ambrose Akinmusire, Penderecki’s Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and members of the LA Philharmonic.
Sturdivant received his Masters in Screen Scoring from USC Thornton in 2019, where he was mentored by composers Bruce Broughton (Rescuers Down Under, Lost in Space, Silverado), Christopher Young (Spider-Man 3, Hellraiser, The Grudge), Dan Carlin (The Last of the Mohicans, Steel Magnolias) Patrick Kirst (The Proposal, The Kissing Booth), Lawrence Shragge (Patrolman P, The Journey Home), and Garry Schyman (Bioshock series).
Sturdivant holds an MPhil in Music Composition from the University of Oxford (Worcester College), awarded with Distinction, 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).
The winner of the 2018 U.K. national Young Composers’ Competition sponsored by the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sturdivant has also composed concert music for some of the top orchestras in the world.
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.
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