Mei Yi Foo

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biography

Mei Yi Foo is the winner of the 2013 BBC Music Magazine’s Best Newcomer award. Recognised internationally as an innovative performer, she is equally at home with contemporary music as she is with the core classical repertoire. A prolific concert performer, she 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 magazines.

As a new music advocate, she works regularly with living composers including Dai Fujikura, Richard Baker, Chris Harman and Unsuk Chin, appearing at Berlin’s Ultraschall Festival, Punkt Festival in Norway, Schoenberg Centre, Southbank’s Park Lane Group, Poznan Spring and Das Neue Werk in Hamburg. Following a season of international debuts at the Lucerne Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Hong Kong City Hall and Istanbul’s CRR Concert Hall, Mei Yi’s new season will continue with performances with Sinfonia Varsovia, Porto Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and at the Royal Festival Hall as Philharmonia Orchestra’s featured artist for the series ‘Music of Today’.

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, and has been honoured an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music as well as a Foundation Fellow at the Wells Cathedral School. Mei Yi was also awarded the medal of Setiawan Tuanku Muhriz for her contribution towards art and music in her home country. During her free time, Mei Yi can be found scuba diving in the depths of South East Asia.


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Reviews
 Neue Luzerner Zeitung,
"Im reinen Klavierdebüt von Mei Yi Foo erlebten die Zuhörer ein Feuerwerk an Temperament, gepaart mit süsser Verführung. Können Finger tanzen und gar lachen? Bei Mei Yi Foo scheint es möglich! Mit unglaublicher Virtuosität meisterte die Ausnahmepianistin die hohen Anforderungen. Ob Messiaens atemberaubende Klangdichte, Ravels gefühlvolle Erzählungen oder Bartüks vehemente Rhythmik, alles gelang mühelos. Die sechs Etüden von Unsuk Chin scheinen ihr direkt in die Hände komponiert worden zu sein. […] selbst die halsbrecherischsten Anforderungen atmeten inneres Leben…"
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 The Times,
"When the Malaysian-born pianist Mei Yi Foo was anointed Newcomer of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards […] she sat down at the piano to give us a taster: three little late-20th century dazzlers, impish and poetic. Immediately we were her devoted fans."
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