McKenzie Sawers Duo
Saxophone & Piano
The McKenzie Sawers Duo have been collaborating musically for 7 years and are passionate about presenting new music to new audiences.
They are widely respected as performers, educators and innovators in their field.
The McKenzie Sawers Duo have been collaborating musically for 7 years and are passionate about presenting new music to new audiences. They are widely respected as performers, educators and innovators in their field. Encompassing classical, jazz, world and folk music they have given Scottish and UK premieres by British contemporary composers including Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin, Joe Duddell, Chick Lyall and Gabriel Jackson. Dedicated to commissioning and writing new music, performances have taken them to concert halls, theatres, stately homes, schools, artist's studios, salons and even a former Victorian asylum. In April 2012, with the help of Creative Scotland, they will record their first album with Delphian Records. In July, 2012, McKenzie Sawers Duo will perform at the 16th World Saxophone Congress.
Sue McKenzie is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, a past winner of the British Clarinet and Saxophone Society Young Performers Competition and a Royal Overseas League Woodwind Finalist. As one of Scotland's leading contemporary saxophonists she has given UK and Scottish premieres of many new works for saxophone (Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin, Joe Duddell, Karen Tanaka and Amy Quate). Sue also studied with Dr Eugene Rousseau at the Hamamatsu International Wind Festival (Japan) and performed on Yehudi Menuhin's "Live Music Now!" scheme. She has regularly been an invited solo recitalist at the British Saxophone Congress and World Saxophone Congress (Canada, Minneapolis and Bangkok). Sue went on to do a Postgraduate Degree in Jazz at Edinburgh Napier University, studying with Phil Bancroft. This led to performances with Haftor Medboe Group at the Isle of Wight Jazz Festival, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Edinburgh International Jazz Festival and Islay Jazz Festival. Along with HMG she recorded an album for Linn Records and supported Bill Frisell (Usher Hall) and Esbjörn Svensson Trio (Queen’s Hall). Sue has performed and recorded with US based Unknown Prophets, James Ross (Greentrax Records), Rumba Caliente and Salsa Celtica. Performances have included Celtic Connections, Womad Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wychwood Festival, Glastonbury Festival, BBC Alba, BBC Radio 2, BBC Scotland and gigs in Iceland, Greece, France, Belgium, Ireland, Spain and Germany. Other performances include the St Albans International Organ Festival, Celebr8 with Scottish Ballet, performing with the BBC SSO and soloing with the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain.
In 2009 she was awarded a grant by the Katherine McGillivray’s Get a Life Fund which enabled her to study in the US with Lynn Klock at University of Massachusetts as well as lessons in improvisation and composition with David Murray (World Saxophone Quartet, Paris) and David Binney (New York). Sue teaches saxophone at St Andrews University, St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh Napier University and has a busy private teaching practice. Sue is also the leader of the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble and an Assistant Director of the World Saxophone Congress 2012.
Ingrid Sawers was educated at Edinburgh University and studied piano with Peter Evans, Alexandra Andrievsky, and more recently with Roger Vignoles. She has taken part in masterclasses with Imogen Cooper at the International Musicians’Seminar,Prussia Cove, Peter Donohoe at the Edinburgh International Festival and also with lieder specialists Paul Hamburger and Malcolm Martineau, notably as a 2010 Crear Scholar. Work as a soloist ranges from Mozart Ch’ io mi scordi di te (with soprano Lorna Anderson) to Berio Sequenza IV at the Queens Hall Edinburgh.
Ingrid is in demand as one of Scotland’s finest accompanists and chamber musicians, performing in venues including Usher Hall Edinburgh, Glamis Castle, Scone Palace, as well as widely throughout the UK, Ireland, Canada and Austria. Ingrid has performed extensively with television-journalist John Suchet in his talk Beethoven - The Last Master, and appeared in cabaret, alongside Rory Bremner, at the Savoy, London. Recently she performed for HRH Prince Charles and First Minister Alex Salmond at the Palace of Holyrood. She collaborates with Cheryl Crockett (violin) and Joanna Nicholson (clarinet) in The Dalmeny Trio.
Recordings include works with the ensemble One Voice and music by Andrew Keeling. She has a longstanding commitment to new music and has give Scottish premieres of pieces by many composers including Thomas Ades, Graham Fitkin, Martin Butler, Richard Causton. Ingrid has a thriving practice as a teacher and coach, has been a guest coach at RSAMD, has given masterclasses/workshops at various universities, and also works as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
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