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 adventure romance drama Prisoners of Paradise was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and is due for release in 2022. Films he has scored have screened at festivals around the world, including the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, and his music has appeared in television series from 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. 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 very young age, Sturdivant later shifted to jazz, performing around the world and arranging for jazz luminaries. 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.