“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

“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)

“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)

“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 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)

“…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

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

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

“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)

Latest Release

Brussels Philharmonic: Lost Horizon (featuring Connesson's 'A Kind of Trane')

Brussels Philharmonic: Lost Horizon (featuring Connesson’s ‘A Kind of Trane’)

Coming soon (U.S. release: April 12, 2019) on Deutsche Grammophon!

Release Date April 7, 2019
Producer Deutsche Grammophon

Upcoming Performances

  1. Virginia Arts Festival: Walton’s “Facade” w/JoAnn Falletta, Hila Plitman

    7:30 PM

    Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Ensemble
    JoAnn Falletta, conductor
    Hila Plitman, soprano; Kevin Deas, baritone
    Fred Child, Presenter

  2. Seattle Symphony; John Adams’ City Noir

    7:30 PM

    April 16-19, 2020
    John Adams, conductor

  3. PCMS Presents Musical Fund Society 200th Anniversary Concert

    3:00 PM

    Join us in celebrating the bicentennial of a Philadelphia musical treasure with a concert of world-premiere chamber works by four of America’s finest living composers. Performed by four leading Philadelphia ensembles, the newly-commissioned works are all rooted in the history of our city, connecting audiences with the rich musical life of past and present Philadelphia.

    Network for New Music; Curtis 20/21 Ensemble; PRISM Quartet; Astral Artists

    Program of world premieres by Tania León, Stephen Jaffe, Roberto Sierra, and Augusta Read Thomas

  4. DCWS: “Vaudeville Revival at the Redford”

    3:00 PM

    Nearly one hundred years ago during the “Roaring Twenties,” Detroit was the epicenter of Vaudeville and Variety music. Detroit and its many theaters were destinations for musicians everywhere. The Redford Theatre was one such venue, which comes alive again with the sounds of Vaudeville featuring DCWS core musician and University of Michigan Professor of Saxophone, Timothy McAllister. He will be joined by pianist Liz Ames and members of the University of Michigan Saxophone Ensemble.
    Advance Tickets: General $30 | Senior $25 | 35 & Younger $15*
    *35 and under tickets only available by phone

    Ticket Information
  5. New York Philharmonic; John Adams’s “City Noir”

    8:00 PM

    May 28, 29 & June 2, 2020
    John Adams, conductor
    Music of Adams, Prokofiev and Olga Neuwirth (World Premiere)

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
  • Deep Blue (2003) for alto saxophone and percussion

    Luca Vanneschi
  • Duo Sonata for Two Baritone Saxophones

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

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

    Andrew Mead
  • Sonata, Mvt. IV Nocturne et Final

    Fernande Decruck
  • Urban Thoughts for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra

    Daniel Worley