Mei Yi Foo
"Once again, Foo wows with her touch, clarity and naturalness.” -International Piano Magazine 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.
Her performances at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Finlandia Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, Wigmore Hall, Verona Teatro Filarmonico, Megaron Athens and Salle Gaveau Paris continue to garner reviews that praise her ‘distinct character as a player’ (The Independent) with “unusual interior strength” together with her “personal, intelligent and unique interpretation” (La Opinion Granada). Mei Yi 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 also brings her to direct orchestras such as the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Russian Virtuosi on tours from Asia to Europe.
Appearances at music festivals worldwide play an important part in Mei Yi’s schedule, with invitations from Lorin Maazel’s Castletown Festival, Mänttä Festival in Finland, the Pharos Arts Foundation in Cyprus, 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 the Staatoper’s Festpiel+ Series.
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. She resides in London and enjoys playing chamber music with Dimitri Ashkenazy, Shlomy Dobrinsky, Antti Siirala, Ashley Wass, Yuri Zhislin, as well as working with prominent composers such as Dai Fujikura and Unsuk Chin. Following the success of her debut recording “Recital” which included works by Bach, Bowen, Ravel and Brahms, Mei Yi’s second album “Musical Toys” extends her exploration of the 20th/21st century repertoire, featuring works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Unsuk Chin and György Ligeti. It is due for release in summer 2012.