Evis Sammoutis, composer and guitarist was born in Cyprus in 1979 where he had his first musical lessons, at the age of six, obtaining both the LRSM Diploma (1995) and the Performance and Teaching Diploma (1997) with distinction before moving to England in 1998 to continue his studies with Thoma Simaku (composition and orchestration) and Gilbert Biberian (guitar performance). His studies have been supported so far by a number of scholarships and awards such as the PRS Foundation scholarship (2003 – 2004), the Nonhebel award (2001 – 2003), the Vinson Award, the O.R.S scholarship (2002 – 2004), the Thomas Beecham Trust Award (1999 – 2001), the Hull University Departmental Prize (2001) and the Sir Roy Marshall Scholarship (1998 – 2001)
Upon graduation from the University of Hull with a first class degree (Bmus) in all his disciplines (performance, composition, historical style composition and orchestration), he started a PhD in Musical Composition at the University of York (to be completed by 2005). At the moment he serves as the guitar tutor at the Universities of York and Hull. Overall, Evis has performed, or had pieces performed and workshopped throughout Europe, North America and the Far East, in addition to numerous recordings for the National TV and Radio of Cyprus and Greece.
Performers include the following: Camerata - Friends of Music Orchestra, Ensemble Sic, BBC Singers, Ictus Ensemble, Archi, Ensemble Eleven, New Music Players, John Potter, and New Brandon Trio among others. He has studied in masterclasses and workshops with Georges Aperghis, George Benjamin, Brian Ferneyhough, Johannes Schöllhorn, Fausto Romitelli, Augusta Read Thomas, Osvaldo Golijov, Robert Zuidam, Michael Gandolfi and James Woods at world renowned Festivals, Seminars and Workshops, including the voix nouvelles composition session at the Royaumont Foundation, the Tanglewood Festival, the Ictus International composition seminar music - word – gesture, the Opera Writing Course in Aldeburgh and the Acanthes Composition workshop (to be attended in July 2004). He was selected composer for the following workshops: Spring Festival, Huddersfield Young Composers workshop, Ensemble Eleven Composer’s workshop and competition, and the Athens Concert Hall Young Composer’s Workshops. He has been awarded First Prize at the XVII Andr¾s Segovia Composition Competition, Second Prize at the 5th Triennial Concours Dutilleux and the Y.A Papaioannou Composition Competition an honourable mention at the IMRO Composers Competitions and he is currently selected as a finalist for the 2004 Gaudeamus Composers competition.
He has served as the adjudicator of the Second Malaysian Guitar Competition, where he also gave masterclasses and a lecture. His music has been featured at the Tanglewood Festival, La Saison Musicale de Royaumont, International Youth Music Forum in Kiev, Ukraine, the International Contemporary Music Festival in Prishtina, and the New Music North Festival in Canada.