Emilie Grimes has been an active orchestral and chamber musician since she first began playing the viola at age twelve. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, she holds a Master’s of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Montréal. Her teachers have included Michael Tree, Steven Tenenbom, and Neal Gripp.
Emilie has participated in numerous festivals including the Banff Centre Masterclasses, the Sarasota Music Festival, the NAC’s Summer Music Institute, the Domaine Forget Chamber Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. She has toured with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, and served as Principal Viola of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as a recipient of the orchestra’s Leadership Award. She has been featured in the My First NAC showcase, and has appeared on WQXR, New York City’s classical music radio station, playing Baroque viola with Juilliard’s historical performance ensemble. Emilie has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2012, and is currently the Acting Associate Principal Viola.