m. 10 JUN 1853
Facts and Events
Edinburgh Newspaper - 1937
"Mr. Colin McKenzie - Death of Well-Known Edinburgh Musician"
"Mr. Colin McKnezie, who was well known as a violinist in Edinburgh for a long period of years, died yesterday at his residence, 26 Comely Bank, Edinburgh. Mr. McKenzie who was in his 76th year, was born in Edinburgh.
As a young man, Mr. McKenzie was a first rate viola player, and he studied in Frankfurt under Professor Hugo Heerman, where one of his colleagues was the late Mr. A. Scott Jupp, also a well-known Edinburgh musician, and later in Manchester, under Willy Hess. Subsequently he became familiar to the musical public in Edinburgh as a violin soloist, and he gave a great amount of his time and enery to the work of the Edinburgh String Quartet, of which he was the founder.
Mr. McKenzie was instrumental in introducing to Edinburgh many hitherto unknown musical works. He was a member of the Reid Orchestra and frequently contributed to the programmes of the B.B.C. His work as a interpreter of viola music was widely appreciated.
As a teacher of the violin, he was widely known and respected. For twenty-six years he taught the violin at Fettes College and at a number of leading Edinburgh schools.
He frequently acted as an examiner in violin and the periodical examinations for musical diplomas.
Mr. McKenzie was one of the best known members of the Scottish Arts Club, where he was a familiar figure. He sustained a considerable shock in the death at Oxford a few weeks ago of his sone, who was an authority on a number of classical and ancient Asiatic languages, and who for some time had been engaged on erudite works of this nature."
From Myra Wright
Also we were doing some research on Colim Mackenzie and we found that the school in Frankfurt where Colin studied was a very famous conservatoire, with students from all europe and north america. Many famous composers, musicians and conductors have been associated with it. The chap who probably was the head when colin was there was professor hugo heerman who is listed as the owner of many stradivarius violins and he later toured the usa and canada in the early 20th century giving recitals.
The next bit we discovered was the obituary notice for colin appearing in the same issue of the new york music magazine which had the obituary for george gershwin. Quite an accolade that
August 1937 THE MUSICAL TIlWES -obituary I COLIN MCKENZIE Edinburgh violinist and viola player, at the age of seventy-five. For twenty-six years he taught the violin at Fettes College. He was a member of the Reid Orchestra and founded the Edinburgh String Quartet.