Concert: Mei Yi Foo (piano)

Mei Yi Foo
Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 13:00
Riverstown Hall


Gyorgy Ligeti Musica Ricercata no. 1 (2:40)
Dylan Murphy From Swerve of Shore to Bend of Bay (2:00)
Luciano Berio Six Encores for Piano no. 4  ‘Erdenklavier (1:20)         
  Six Encores for Piano no. 2 ‘Leaf’ (1:40)
Samuel Cho Invisible Cities ‘Valdrada’ (0:40)
Frederic Rzewski              Ludes I (0:40)
  Ludes III (1:30)
Sofia Gubaidulina Musical Toys ‘A Bear Playing the Double Bass and the Black Woman’ (1:20)
György Kurtág Játékok ‘Tira-Molla’ (0:30)
Unsuk Chin Klavieretuden V ‘Toccata’ (3:50)
John Cage Dream (8:20)
Leopold Godowsky  Java Suite                                                                                              
Gamelan (4:20)
Wayang-Purwa, Puppet Shadow Plays (4:30)
Chattering Monkeys at the Sacred Lake of Wendit (2:45)
The Ruined Water Castle at Djokja (6:30)

Mei Yi Foo

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 Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Nomad, 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, Jonathan Stockhammer, Bas Wiegers, 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, Suvisoitto Finland, Punkt Festival in Norway and Born Creative Festival in Tokyo. 
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, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the National University of Ireland 2022-23. Mei Yi was also awarded the medal of Setiawan Tuanku Muhriz for her contribution towards art and music in her home country.