Sami Dural was born in Berlin, Germany in 1982, but was raised in Bursa, Turkey. At the age of ten he was performing religious music with his father, a hâfız (a Muslim who has completely memorised the quran). He studied at Bursa Conservatory before moving to Istanbul, where he received oud lessons from Yurdal Tokcan for two years. In 2004 entered the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory of Turkish Music, where he studied the oud with Mehmet Bitmez and Osman Nuri Özpekel. In the same year he formed the oud trio 3DEM together with Bekir Şahin Baloğlu and Bilen Işıktaş, performing with them for a number of years.