Sue McKenzie is a graduate of the Royal College of Music (studying with Kyle Horch), a past winner of the British Clarinet and Saxophone Society Young Performers Competition and a Royal Overseas League Woodwind Finalist; she also studied with Dr Eugene Rousseau at the Hamamatsu International Wind Festival (Japan). She has regularly been an invited solo recitalist at the British and World Saxophone Congress. As one of Scotland’s leading contemporary saxophonists, she has given UK and Scottish premieres of many new works for saxophone. Sue has performed in Celebr8 with Scottish Ballet, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as a soloist with the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain, and at the St Albans International Organ Festival. She has appeared at Celtic Connections, Womad Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Glastonbury Festival, on BBC Alba, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Scotland, and in concerts in Iceland, Greece, France, Belgium, Ireland, Spain and Germany. She has also performed and recorded with US-based Unknown Prophets, James Ross (Greentrax Records), Rumba Caliente and Salsa Celtica. As a jazz performer Sue has appeared at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival and Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, and has recorded with the Haftor Medbøe Group and supported Bill Frisell and the Esbjörn Svensson Trio.
Sue is the leader of the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble, who recently released their debut album Mrs Malcolm with Largo Music. In 2009 she was awarded a grant by Katherine McGillivray’s Get a Life Fund which enabled her to study in the US with Lynn Klock at the University of Massachusetts as well as taking lessons in improvisation and composition with David Murray (World Saxophone Quartet, Paris) and David Binney (New York). In 2012 Sue was the Assistant Director of the 16th World Saxophone Congress. She is also in demand as an educator, teaching at St Andrews University, Edinburgh Napier University, Sheffield Music Academy and St Mary’s Music School.