Mei Yi Foo is the winner of the 2013 BBC Best Newcomer of the Year award for her album Musical Toys, which garnered rave reviews from The Times, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, BBC Music and Germany’s Klassik magazines. Appearing with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Bretagne Symphony, Remix Ensemble and the Malaysian Philharmonic, she performed alongside conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Martyn Brabbins, János Fürst, Kirill Karabits, Peter Rundel, John Storgårds and Christopher Warren-Green.
As a new music advocate, she worked with composers Dai Fujikura, Richard Baker, Chris Harman and especially with Unsuk Chin; performing at Berlin’s Ultraschall Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Vienna’s Schoenberg Centre, Southbank’s Park Lane Group, Poznan Spring and Das Neue Werk in Hamburg. Following a season of international debuts, ranging from Hong Kong City Hall to Istanbul’s CRR Concert Hall, Huddersfield to Lucerne Festivals, Mei Yi’s new season will continue with performances at the LG Arts Centre with the Seoul Philharmonic, Casa da Musica with the Porto Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Great Hall with the Szczecin Philharmonic and at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
A native of Malaysia, Mei Yi resides in the UK and enjoys playing chamber music with Dimitri Ashkenazy, Nicolas Dautricourt, Shlomy Dobrinsky, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Antti Siirala, Ashley Wass, Bartosz Woroch, Hugo Ticciati and Matthew Trusler. Mei Yi also teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has recently been honoured an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music as well as a Foundation Fellow at the Wells Cathedral School.