Winner of the Best Newcomer of the Year award, Mei Yi Foo dazzled critics and audiences at the prestigious BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013 with her ‘liberating’ and ‘virtuoso display’ (The Times). Her ‘distinct character as a player’ (The Independent) combined with her ‘personal, intelligent and unique interpretation’ (La Opinion Granada) continue to captivate audiences across Europe, the Americas, and Asia, at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Finlandia Hall, Wigmore Hall, Athens Megaron and Salle Gaveau. Mei Yi is also the winner of the Maria Callas Grand Prix’08 in Athens and has been hailed ‘a pianist to watch’ by BBC Radio 3 and ‘Rising Star’ by International Piano; according to a recent review on The Arts Desk, David Nice writes, ‘her genius is now unquestionable’.
Mei Yi worked alongside conductors such as Christian Arming, Matthias Bamert, Martyn Brabbins, Claus Peter Flor, János Fürst, Kirill Karabits and Christopher Warren-Green; with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and London Chamber Orchestra. Her avid rapport with musicians also brings her to direct orchestras such as the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Russian Virtuosi.
Mei Yi appears regularly at major festivals world-wide, with invitations from Lorin Maazel’s Castletown Festival, Mänttä Festival in Finland, the Pharos Arts Foundation in Cyprus and the Britten-Pears in Aldeburgh working with Mitsuko Uchida. As a new music advocate, she performed at Vienna’s Schoenberg Centre, Park Lane Group at the Southbank, Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, and most recently in Lucerne at the Roche Commisions for Unsuk Chin, which earned her an invitation to debut at the Lucerne Festival.
A native of Malaysia, Mei Yi was 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 playing chamber music with Dimitri Ashkenazy, Shlomy Dobrinsky, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Antti Siirala, Ashley Wass, as well as working with prominent composers such as Dai Fujikura, Chris Paul Harman and Unsuk Chin. Following the success of her debut recording “Recital”, Mei Yi’s award-winning new album “Musical Toys” extends her exploration of the 20th/21st century repertoire. It was featured in The Times, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Lebrecht’s CD of the Week and garnered 5* reviews from the BBC Music Magazine and Germany’s Klassik.