inner of the BBC Best Newcomer of the Year award, Mei Yi Foo dazzled critics and audiences at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013 with her ‘liberating’ and ‘virtuoso display’ (The Times). In her recent debut at the Lucerne Festival 2014 she championed a programme of contemporary music that ‘glittered and sizzled’ (SRF Radio 2), proving her ‘courageous individualism’ as an ‘exceptional pianist’ who possesses the agility to ease flawlessly from ‘fireworks of temperament’ to ‘sweet seduction’ (Neue Luzerner Zeitung). Since winning the Maria Callas Grand Prix’08 in Athens, Mei Yi has transformed from ‘a pianist to watch’ (BBC Radio 3) to a ‘rising star’ (International Piano Magazine), and according to a recent review on The Arts Desk, David Nice writes, ‘her genius is now unquestionable’.
Mei Yi’s performances continue to captivate audiences worldwide, at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Finlandia Hall, Wigmore Hall, Athens Megaron, Verona Filharmonica and Salle Gaveau. Working alongside conductors such as Christian Arming, Darrell Ang, Matthias Bamert, Martyn Brabbins, Claus Peter Flor, János Fürst, Kirill Karabits, John Storgårds and Christopher Warren-Green, she has appeared with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Bretagne Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic and London Chamber Orchestra. Her avid rapport with musicians also brings her to direct orchestras such as the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Russian Virtuosi.
A devoted new music advocate, Mei Yi played at Vienna’s Schoenberg Centre, Park Lane Group at the Southbank, Huddersfield Festival, Ultraschall Festival in Berlin and Das Neue Werk in Hamburg. Her exploration in contemporary music, through working closely with living composers such as Dai Fujikura, Richard Baker, Chris Harman and especially with Unsuk Chin, drew international attention when her award-winning album “Musical Toys” became a rapid hit, reaching No.3 on Amazon’s classical chart and was featured in The Times, The Examiner, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Lebrecht’s CD of the Week and garnered 5* reviews from the BBC Music Magazine and Germany's Klassik.
Mei Yi’s communicative musicianship often earns her invitations from international festivals, such as the Castletown Festival in Virginia, Mänttä Festival in Finland, Festival O/Modernt in Sweden, the Pharos Arts Foundation in Cyprus, Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival and the Britten-Pears in Aldeburgh. She also enjoys working in chamber music partnership with Dimitri Ashkenazy, Nicolas Dautricourt, Shlomy Dobrinsky, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Antti Siirala, Hugo Ticciati, Matthew Trusler, Bartosz Woroch and Ashley Wass.
Following a season of international debuts, ranging from Hong Kong (City Hall) to Istanbul (CRR Concert Hall) and Oviedo Filharmonia to Poznan Philharmonic, Mei Yi’s new season 2014/15 will continue with performances at Madrid’s Teatro Real, Casa da Musica in Porto, Pianodrom Festival in Tirana and at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition to her performing schedule, Mei Yi holds a teaching position at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Recently, she has been honoured an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music as well as a Foundation Fellowship from the Wells Cathedral School. A native of Malaysia, Mei Yi was also awarded the medal of Setiawan Tuanku Muhriz for her contribution towards art and music in her home country. In London where she now resides, Mei Yi enjoys hiking with her friends and is a certified scuba-diver.