Clio Em (Clio Montrey) is a mezzo-soprano, 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 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. Over the past three seasons she has sung in a number of staged operas, including Beethoven’s Fidelio, directed in a filmed production by Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz.
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.
“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; later, research on vocal music science fiction worldbuilding in the class of Harald Huber). 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. She complements her work through photography and game design.
Clio’s vocal performance experience ranges from classical operatic vocal production to folk, pop, and experimental. She sings in a duo formation with physicist/pianist Kathrin Buczak; their focus is classical repertoire in Polish and Spanish. She has performed her Gravity Wing cycle around the world, including Comiccons Montréal and Ottawa, as well as Brisbane’s 2High Festival 2016.
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.