Mei Yi Foo

Winner of BBC Music Magazine’s Best Newcomer of the Year Award in 2013, Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo dazzled critics and audiences at the award ceremony with her ‘liberating’ and ‘virtuoso display’ (The Times).

Following the success of her debut recording, Recital, Mei Yi’s latest award-winning album, Musical Toys, was featured in The Times, The Examiner, and Neue Zurcher Zeitung. It was Lebrecht’s CD of the Week and garnered 5* reviews from BBC Music Magazine and Germany's Klassik.

Since winning the Maria Callas Grand Prix’08 in Athens, Mei Yi has captivated audiences across Europe, the Americas and Asia. She has been hailed ‘a pianist to watch’ by BBC Radio 3, and ‘ a rising star’ by International Piano. David Nice on The Arts Desk recently wrote that ‘her genius is now unquestionable’.

Working alongside conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Martyn Brabbins, Claus Peter Flor, János Fürst, Kirill Karabits, John Storgårds and Christopher Warren-Green, Mei Yi has appeared with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Fort Worth Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and London Chamber Orchestra.

As a new music advocate, she has performed at Vienna’s Schoenberg Centre, Park Lane Group at the Southbank, Huddersfield Festival, Ultraschall Festival in Berlin and Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. 

Mei Yi lives in London and enjoys playing chamber music with Dimitri Ashkenazy, Shlomy Dobrinsky, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Antti Siirala, Matthew Trusler, Ashley Wass, as well as working with prominent composers such as Dai Fujikura, Chris Paul Harman and Unsuk Chin.