“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

“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)

“…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

“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)

“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)

“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)

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

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

“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)

“fantastic virtuosity and lyric beauty”

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

Latest Recording

PRISM Quartet: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 3

PRISM Quartet (Timothy McAllister, Taimur Sullivan, Matthew Levy, and Zachary Shemon) celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2024 and unveils the third album in its colossal Heritage/Evolution commissioning project (PRISM’s 21st album to date): HERITAGE/EVOLUTION, Volume 3. Featuring world premiere recordings of new works written for PRISM by jazz heavyweights Melissa Aldana and Terell Stafford,...

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Recent News

McAllister Set to Make New York Philharmonic Debut with Corigliano's "Triathlon." More Regional Premieres.

Ann Arbor, Michigan - The New York Philharmonic released its 2024-2025 Season on 3/19/24 which includes Tim McAllister’s debut with the orchestra, and the New York City premiere performances of John Corigliano’s saxophone concerto, TRIATHLON! The concerts (March 26, 27 & 29), led by the eminent Leonard Slatkin, also features music of Cindy McTee and Shostakovich. More information found HERE.

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New Chandos and Naxos Recording Projects

New Album Releases on the way!

Coming in November 2023, Naxos artist and Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic JoAnn Falletta will release a series of rarely heard American works with the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic. Recorded at the NOI Festival in 2022, the album features Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra. Often performed in its version for wind band, this recording documents the iconic saxophone work in its original orchestral...

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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 Christopher Taylor,...

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Live Excerpts

  • Bolero

    Maurice Ravel

  • Romance for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

    William Grant Still

  • Concertino da Camera - Mvt. I

    Jacques Ibert

  • Abduction from Montag aus Licht

    Karlheinz Stockhausen

  • Soprano Sax Concerto

    Jennifer Higdon

  • Children's Songs

    Chick Corea

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

    John Williams

  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and 11 Instruments

    Andrew Mead

  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra - Mvt. III

    Ingolf Dahl

  • Duo Sonata for Two Baritone Saxophones

    Sofia Gubaidulina

  • Sonata, Mvt. IV Nocturne et Final

    Fernande Decruck

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

    Paul Creston

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