Originally from the south shore of Montreal (Quebec, Canada), and an adopted resident of Rimouski, Emie Rioux-Roussel discovered the fascinating world of music through her parents, themselves musicians and singers. She began studying classical piano at the age of 5 and continued lessons until she was 13. After a complete two-year break, she decided to follow her instincts and her love of improvisation to begin studying jazz with her father, jazz pianist Martin Roussel. He would be her mentor until she started college studies at Cégep de St-Laurent under the guidance of Lorraine Desmarais. She completed her diploma in jazz piano performance and was awarded the college’s “Very High Distinction” grant. In 2008, Emie made her entrance at Université de Montréal in jazz piano performance with Luc Beaugrand, and completed her bachelor’s degree in May 2011. Since then, she has been a teacher and accompanist for the Jazz-Pop program at Rimouski College, Quebec. In spring 2014, she was named Révélation Radio-Canada Jazz 2014-2015. In June 2015, she won the CALQ Award – Creator of the Year – in the Bas-St-Laurent region. Since 2016, she is a Canadian Nord Artist (Keyboards).
Emie has been fortunate to share the stage with several renowned Canadian musicians over the years. Among them, she had the occasion to play with saxophonist Yannick Rieu and singer Elizabeth Shepherd during a show at the 35th Montreal Jazz Fest, recorded by Radio-Canada and broadcast on Ici Musique radio. In June 2014, she has been guest pianist for an episode of the TV show Pénélope Mcquade on Radio-Canada.