"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)

"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)

"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 titan of contemporary music and the instrument in general"

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

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

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

"…jaw-dropping technical display…a well-known master of his instrument."

Daniel Coombs Audiophile Audition

"…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

Latest Release

John ADAMS: City Noir/Saxophone Concerto; David Robertson/St. Louis Symphony

Nonesuch Records released City Noir—comprising the title piece by composer John Adams and the debut recording of his Saxophone Concerto—on May 6, 2014. Both pieces are performed by the St. Louis Symphony led by Music Director David Robertson. Saxophonist Timothy McAllister is featured on both pieces.

Release Date May 6, 2014
Producer Nonesuch Records
Catalog Number 541356

City Noir/Saxophone Concerto receives two Grammy Nominations; on Year-End lists

I was thrilled when I learned the album, “John Adams: City Noir,” with the St. Louis Symphony and David Robertson received two Grammy nominations for “Best Orchestral Performance” and “Best Engineered Album.” The album has also been featured on several year-end lists for top recordings of 2014, including the Detroit Free Press, San Jose Mercury News, Rhapsody and National Public Radio, as well as by independent critic’s lists nationwide. It is incredible to see such atte…

Upcoming Performances

  1. Soloist with the Texas A&M University Symphonic Band; TMEA Convention

    7:30 PM

    TMEA Convention San Antonio, TX Frank Ticheli Saxophone Concerto Texas A&M University Symphonic Band Dr. Timothy Rhea, conductor

  2. LA Phil New Music Group: Green Umbrella Series

    8:00 PM

    Works by Nono, Francesconi, Berio and Scelsi. Gustavo Dudamel, conductor. Jennifer Koh, violin.

Live Excerpts

  • Abduction from Montag aus Licht

    Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Play
  • Children's Songs

    Chick Corea
    Play
  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and 11 Instruments

    Andrew Mead
    Play
  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra

    Ingolf Dahl
    Play
  • Csardas

    Vittorio Monti
    Play
  • Deep Blue (2003) for alto saxophone and percussion

    Luca Vanneschi
    Play
  • Duo Sonata for Two Baritone Saxophones

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

    John Williams
    Play
  • Six Bagatelles (2002) for alto saxophone and bassoon

    Andrew Mead
    Play
  • Sonata, Mvt. IV Nocturne et Final

    Fernande Decruck
    Play
  • Urban Thoughts for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra

    Daniel Worley
    Play