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Saxophonist Timothy McAllister has been hailed as “a virtuoso…one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation” (The New York Times) and “a titan of contemporary music and the instrument, in general” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer). He is one of today’s premier soloists, a member of the renowned PRISM Quartet and a champion of contemporary music credited with more than 40 recordings and 200 premieres of new compositions by eminent and emerging composers worldwide.
 
His rise to international fame came in 2009 with his celebrated work in John Adams’ City Noir, filmed as part of Gustavo Dudamel’s inaugural concert as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2013, he performed the world premiere of John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer in the Sydney Opera House. Subsequent performances included the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the New World Symphony, among others. 

As part of this years’ Adams at 70 celebration of the composer’s birthday, Timothy will also perform the Saxophone Concerto with Netherlands Radio Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Orchestre National de Lyon and Indianapolis Symphony, along with performances of Adams’ other music with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Timothy has appeared with more than 40 of the world’s top orchestras and wind ensembles in 15 countries, and he has the distinction of being the second saxophonist to appear as soloist in the 120-year history of the BBC Proms concerts. He has recorded for the Nonesuch, ECM, Deutsche Grammophon, XAS/Naxos and several other labels. He won a 2015 Grammy Award with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson as soloist on the album John Adams: City Noir, featuring the Saxophone Concerto.
 
Timothy is regularly invited to teach at the world’s leading conservatories and music festivals. 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. Visit timothymcallister.com.

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