Giannis Koutis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and has studied the art of oud in Athens with soloist and composer, Haig Yazdjian. Giannis holds a diploma in Byzantine Ecclesiastical Music and a degree in classical guitar from the Pythagorio Conservatory in Athens. Additionally, he has studied Epirot Polyphonic singing at the Fivos Anogianakis Folk Instrument Museum of Athens. In 2016, Giannis completed his studies with a Masters of Music/Oud performance at Codarts Conservatory of Rotterdam, where he studied under ney master, Kudsi Erguner. Giannis has participated in music events, seminars and music festivals worldwide. Giannis is currently a professional musician and teacher, giving workshops and concerts around the world, while also researching Modal Music of the Eastern Mediterranean.