Biography

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TIMOTHY McALLISTER is an active soloist and a member of the Grammy Award-winning PRISM Quartet, with more than fifty recordings and 200 premieres of new compositions by eminent and emerging composers worldwide. He has appeared with more than forty of the world’s most prominent orchestras and ensembles in more than twenty countries.

His rise to international recognition began with his world premiere performance of John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto in 2013 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and his recordings of Adams’s City Noir and the concerto with the Saint Louis Symphony garnered a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. His 2018 recordings of Kenneth Fuchs’s Saxophone Concerto Rush with the London Symphony Orchestra and City Noir with the Berlin Philharmonic both received 2019 Grammy nominations, with the Fuchs winning in the Best Classical Compendium category.

This season, Mr. McAllister gives the world premiere of Tyshawn Sorey’s Saxophone Concerto at Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Albany Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Brussels Philharmonic, among numerous other solo projects and chamber music collaborations. These performances mark his San Francisco Symphony debut.

A widely respected teacher, Mr. McAllister is Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan and appears at summer festivals and academies worldwide. He holds degrees including the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Donald Sinta.

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