Sami Butler is a percussionist from Adelaide. With both parents musicians in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Sami has always been involved with classical music. After briefly playing the violin, he began percussion lessons when he was ten. At 21, he graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music with first class honours, having studied with Amanda Grigg.
Highlights from Sami’s time at the conservatorium included winning the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award in 2013, performing as a soloist in Elder Hall lunchtime recitals and receiving the EMR Travel Scholarship, which allowed him to travel to America to study with renowned percussionists Greg Zuber, Tim Genis and Raynor Carroll. Sami also began playing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and he is now a regular guest musician with the orchestra. Sami returns to the SSO Fellowship for a second year in 2018.