“World-renowned saxophonist Timothy McAllister’s brilliant, crowd-pleasing performance was equal parts rock-star swagger and supremely polished musicianship”

Leonidas Lagrimas The Buffalo News (12/8/2019)

“McAllister is at the center of what’s probably the most mainstream classical saxophone disc of the decade - John Adams’ City Noir and Saxophone Concerto on Nonesuch”

David Patrick Stearns The Philadelphia Inquirer (April 2014)

“the audience was left breathless by the astonishing virtuosity of Timothy McAllister”

Bertrand Hainaut DIAPASON (France) (1/4/2018)

“a titan of contemporary music and the instrument in general”

Zachary Lewis The Plain Dealer, Cleveland (10/7/14)

“a fearless musician and risk taker…a one-of-a-kind artist the way Yo-Yo Ma is”

John Adams Pulitzer Prize Laureate and Grammy-winning composer

“A tremendous saxophonist, McAllister played with great strength, bright tone, and excellent intonation—including the altissimo register—on all his horns…in the end Corigliano’s ‘Triathlon’ brought the house down in cheers for soloist, orchestra, and composer.”

George Grella New York Classical Review (6/5/22)

“McAllister was the tirelessly virtuosic soloist, playing with rhythmic drive and confident swagger…”

Hugo Shirley The Telegraph (UK) (9/5/14)

“McAllister was phenomenal, giving a dazzling performance that rocked the audience to its feet for a prolonged and well-deserved ovation”

Sarah Bryan Miller St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Oct 2013)

“…breathtaking and spectacular…a revolution displayed in the hands of an artist…”

Donald Sinta Earl V. Moore Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Saxophone, The University of Michigan

“Adams imparts a lighter touch to the orchestration to support the solo alto saxophone’s sinewy lines, played with wondrous dexterity by Timothy McAllister”

Pwyll ap Sion GRAMOPHONE Magazine (Aug. 2014)

“fantastic virtuosity and lyric beauty”

John Corigliano Pulitzer Prize Laureate, Grammy, and Oscar-winning composer

Latest Release

Timothy McAllister & Liz Ames: Project Encore, Vol. 1

From mechanical stutterings framing arguably the most famous pop sax solo in history to a crooning theater ballad; from elegiac music inspired by pandemic lockdowns to jubilant outbursts of renewal and hope, PROJECT ENCORE, VOLUME 1, is a channel-surfing mosaic of modern composition at its finest. McAllister notes, “there is a mission and a level of musical activism behind this album, and nothing can speak to the state and richness of concert music today like the saxophone.”

The collected works on this first volume, and the Ann Arbor-based duo’s third album since 2020, features the music of Nina Shekhar, Jennifer Jolley, Andre Myers, Zoe Cutler, Griffin Candey, Matthew Evan Taylor, Karalyn Schubring, Marianne Ploger, Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes, Jim Territo, Armando Bayolo, Corey Dundee, Andrés Eloy Rodriguez, and Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca.

Release Date September 16, 2022
Producer Neuma Records
Catalog Number NEUMA165


Timothy McAllister has signed with one of the most respected firms for world-class fine arts music programming, Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd., which represents award-winning soloists, chamber ensembles, conductors and special projects. He joins a roster filled with leading names in the classical industry including guitarist Jason Vieaux, the Fry Street Quartet, violinist Mark Kaplan, conductor Michael Butterman, pianist Chris…

Upcoming Performances

  1. PRISM Quartet: WORLD PREMIERES (NYC Series)

    6:30 PM

    PRISM Quartet presents a program of new music from an extraordinary collection of composers, including world premieres of works by Marcos Balter, Adam Silverman, and Helen Feng, plus New York premieres from Renee Baker and Alfredo Cabrera.

  2. PRISM Quartet: WORLD PREMIERES (Philadelphia Series)

    7:00 PM

    PRISM Quartet presents a program of new music from an extraordinary collection of composers, including world premieres of works by Marcos Balter, Adam Silverman, and Helen Feng, plus Philadelphia premieres from Renee Baker and Alfredo Cabrera. Co-presented by PRISM Quartet, Inc. and The Free Library of Philadelphia.

  3. Soloist with Colorado Music Festival Orchestra; John Corigliano’s “Triathlon”

    7:30 PM

    Peter Oundjian, conductor

  4. Sinfonia of London: Kenneth Fuchs’s “Eventide” (World Premiere Recording of alto saxophone version)

    12:00 PM

    John Wilson, conductor
    Chandos Records

  5. Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: U.S. Premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s “Dreydl”

    7:30 PM

    Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
    Cristian Macelaru, conductor

Live Excerpts

  • Abduction from Montag aus Licht

    Karlheinz Stockhausen
  • Children's Songs

    Chick Corea
  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and 11 Instruments

    Andrew Mead
  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra

    Ingolf Dahl
  • Csardas

    Vittorio Monti
  • Duo Sonata for Two Baritone Saxophones

    Sofia Gubaidulina
  • Escapades: Suite from "Catch Me If You Can"

    John Williams
  • Sonata, Mvt. IV Nocturne et Final

    Fernande Decruck
  • Soprano Sax Concerto

    Jennifer Higdon
  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, Op. 26 - Mvt. III

    Paul Creston