Clio Em (Clio Montrey) is an opera singer, writer, composer and multi-instrumentalist who weaves imaginary worlds out of words and sound. Her genre-defying works blur the borders between folk, classical, electronica, and science fiction.
Clio has received numerous awards for her creative work, including five competitive composition grants from the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Culture, as well as the Alice and Betty Schultz Scholarship for her AIRSHIPS project from The Banff Centre. Clio sings at Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria with the award-winning Arnold Schoenberg Chor in addition to her work as a contemporary soloist. Her last opera with the Theater an der Wien was Beethoven’s Fidelio, directed in a filmed production by Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz.
“The songs are very well written… intelligent and inspired… if you’re curious about what type of music a child of the 21st-century can create, follow her, step by step.”
– Maurice Du Berger, reviewing Gravity Wing for I Care if You Listen
Clio is an alumna of McGill University (BMus composition – Jean Lesage, Jonathan Wild – and piano – Tom Plaunt), MUK (the Vienna Conservatory – MA composition with Christian Minkowitsch and diploma in classical operetta with Wolfgang Dosch), and MDW (the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna -postgraduate studies in composition working with voice and electroacoustic elements with Karlheinz Essl). Having finished her artistic training, she is currently researching the role of vocal music in science fiction worldbuilding, working toward a PhD at MDW (supervisor: Harald Huber).
The contemporary classical concert series she founded and directed (2016-2018), Fleurs rejetées, was a contemporary take on the Salon des refusés. Clio composed the opera PHOTO SOCRATES to a libretto by Klara Du Plessis, which premiered in 2012 in Vienna. Her first opera as librettist, SLEEP, received its workshop premiere on 16 March 2019 through Chants Libres, set to music by composer Anthony R. Green. Clio was on the research team of Barbara Lüneburg’s project TransCoding/What if?, based at the Kunstuni Graz, as well as on the music preparation team for World of Hans Zimmer. Clio sang in the Element Choir backing Tanya Tagaq at Montréal Jazz Fest 2017. She complements her work through improvisatory photography.
Clio’s portfolio can be found here: creative work
You can also support her work as an indie artist by subscribing to her Patreon page.