Hailed “a pianist to watch” by BBC Radio 3, “Rising Star” by International Piano, and the winner of the Maria Callas Grand Prix ’08 in Athens, Mei Yi Foo has captivated audiences across Europe, the Americas and Asia at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Finlandia Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, Wigmore Hall, Verona Teatro Filarmonico, Megaron Athens and Salle Gaveau Paris. She worked alongside conductors such as 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 brings her to direct orchestras such as the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Russian Virtuosi on tours from Asia to Europe. Her appearances continue to garner reviews that praise her “unusual interior strength” together with her “personal, intelligent and unique interpretation” (La Opinion Granada).
Mei Yi appears regularly at major festivals worldwide including Lorin Maazel’s Castletown Festival, the Pharos Arts Foundation in Cyprus, Mänttä Festival in Finland, Kosterfestivalen in Sweden, Bravissimo Festival in Guatemala and the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh. As a new music advocate, she performed at the Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, Park Lane Group at the Southbank Centre and at the Pinakothek der Moderne Munich for Bayerische Staatoper’s Festpiel+ Series.
Mei Yi lives in London and enjoys playing chamber music with Dimitri Ashkenazy, Shlomy Dobrinsky, Cristina Ortiz, Antti Siirala, Ashley Wass and Yuri Zhislin, as well as working with prominent composers such as Dai Fujikura and Unsuk Chin. (“Mei Yi Foo is a unique musician, who has played my Piano Etudes with astounding perfection and creativity” Unsuk Chin). She was guided by Yonty Solomon, Christopher Elton and Alexander Satz at the Royal College and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Mei Yi is indebted to a multitude of foundations and awards for their support including the Hattori, Keyboard Trust, MBF, Munster Trust, Philharmonia/MMSF, Tillett and Wingate. In January 2011, Mei Yi was the proud awardee of the medal of Setiawan Tuanku Muhriz for her contribution towards art and music in her home country, Malaysia. She was announced the 2013 BBC Music Magazine “Newcomer of the Year” for her album “Musical Toys”, released with Odradek Records.