Mei Yi Foo

Piano Faculty

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Winner of the 2013 BBC Music Magazine’s Best Newcomer award, Mei Yi Foo is recognised internationally as an innovative pianist with a diverse and eclectic repertoire. Described as ‘an artist with courageous individualism’ (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen), Mei Yi’s concerts are lauded for their ‘liberating’ and ‘virtuoso display’ (The Times) that show ‘astounding perfection and creativity’ (Unsuk Chin).

A prolific concerto soloist, Mei Yi has appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, London Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Remix Ensemble and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, working with such conductors as Matthias Bamert, Martyn Brabbins, Claus Peter Flor, János
Fürst, Pascal Gallois, Antony Hermus, Kirill Karabits, Peter Rundel, John Storgårds, Mark Wigglesworth and Benjamin Zander. She has performed at the world’s most eminent festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Huddersfield Festival and the Punkt Festival in Norway. Her recent and future highlights include appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Victoria Hall in Singapore.

As a new music advocate, Mei Yi works regularly with living composers including Dai Fujikura, Richard Baker, Chris Harman and Unsuk Chin. She was also the featured artist at Southbank Centre’s ‘Music of Today’ series in 2017. Her award-winning solo album ‘Musical Toys’ and her chamber concerto CD ‘ConNotations’ with the Britten Sinfonia have been met with unanimous critical acclaim. 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 she holds a teaching position at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as an Artist Residency at the National University of Ireland. Mei Yi was also awarded the medal of Setiawan Tuanku Muhriz for her contribution towards art and music in her home country.