Clio Em is a composer, mezzo-soprano, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. She is an alumna of McGill University (BMus composition and piano), the Vienna Conservatory (MA composition and diploma in classical operetta), and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (postgraduate studies in composition working with voice and electroacoustic elements under the tutelage of Karlheinz Essl). Clio has received numerous awards for her creative work, including four competitive artist grants from the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Culture, as well as the Alice and Betty Schultz Scholarship from The Banff Centre. The contemporary classical concert series she founded and directs, Fleurs rejetées, is a contemporary take on the Salon des refusés. Clio writes creative pieces and performs genre-defying stories and compositions that blur the borders between folk, classical, electronica, and science fiction. Clio extends her artistic practice through improvisatory photography.
She also works as Clio Montrey for her more classical-tending creations. Clio sings with the award-winning Arnold Schoenberg Chor for both their concerts and their opera productions at Theater an der Wien. Other credits as a mezzo-soprano include Schlossfestspiele Langenlois, Wiener Kammerchor, and The Element Choir backing Tanya Tagaq at the Montreal Jazz Fest 2017.