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Timothy McAllister

Timothy McAllister

Saxophonist Timothy McAllister is one of today’s premier wind soloists, a member of the renowned PRISM Quartet, and a champion of contemporary music credited with over 40 recordings and 200 premieres of new compositions by eminent and emerging composers. His rise to international fame came in 2009 with his celebrated work in John Adams’s City Noir, filmed as part of Gustavo Dudamel’s inaugural concert as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the world premiere of John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto in August 2013 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer. As part of the 70th Birthday celebrations worldwide honouring John Adams in 2017, he performed the Saxophone Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw, Orchestre National de Lyon and Indianapolis Symphony, along with other performances and recordings of Adams’ music.


As soloist, McAllister won a 2015 Grammy Award with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson on the album "John Adams: City Noir" featuring the Saxophone Concerto. Upcoming releases include Kenneth Fuchs’s Saxophone Concerto, RUSH, with JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra for Naxos, while Deutsche Grammophon will release his recording of Guillaume Connesson’s Concerto ‘A Kind of Trane’ with the Brussels Philharmonic and conductor Stephane Deneve in 2019.


Previously on the faculty of Northwestern University, he was appointed Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in September 2014, succeeding his legendary mentor, the American classical saxophonist Donald Sinta.