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). Her recent debut at the Lucerne Festival was voted ‘Highlight of the Year’ by SRF and she continues to captivate audiences across Europe, the Americas and Asia. 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’.
A prolific concert performer, Mei Yi has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, London Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Bretagne Symphony, Remix Ensemble and the Malaysian Philharmonic, garnering rave reviews from The Times, Independent, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, SRF broadcast, Guardian and Klassik. Mei Yi’s recordings, notably her award-winning album ‘Musical Toys’ and her new CD ‘ConNotations’ with the Britten Sinfonia, have also met with unanimous critical acclaim.
As a new music advocate, she works regularly with living composers including Dai Fujikura, Richard Baker, Chris Harman and Unsuk Chin, and appears at Berlin’s Ultraschall Festival, Punkt Festival in Norway, Poznan Spring, Das Neue Werk in Hamburg and recently as featured artist for the series 'Music of Today' at the Royal Festival Hall. Mei Yi’s new season will continue with performances at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Petronas Philharmonic Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.
A native of Malaysia, Mei Yi resides in the UK after completing her studies at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London with Yonty Solomon, Chris Elton and Alexander Satz. Currently Mei Yi holds a teaching position at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. 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. During her free time, Mei Yi can be found scuba diving in the depths of South East Asia.