Timothy McAllister and Liz Ames
Hailed by The New York Times as a “virtuoso…one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation”, “brilliant” (The Guardian, UK), and “a sterling saxophonist” (The Baltimore Sun), TIMOTHY McALLISTER is one of today’s premier soloists, a member of the renowned PRISM Quartet, and a champion of contemporary music credited with dozens of recordings and over 150 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’s “City Noir,” filmed as part of Gustavo Dudamel’s inaugural concert as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the world premiere of John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto in August 2013 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer in the Sydney Opera House. Subsequent critically-acclaimed U.S. premieres with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony followed, along with engagements with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra at the London Proms, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the New World Symphony, among others.
McAllister has recently been soloist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force, United States Navy Band, Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, Tokyo Wind Symphony, Pacific Symphony and the Nashville Symphony, among others. An in-demand orchestral saxophonist, he has toured in the U.S. and abroad with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
A renowned teacher of his instrument, he has served as Professor of Saxophone at Northwestern University (IL), a Valade Artist Fellow for the Interlochen Center for the Arts (MI), and is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer and D’Addario companies. In September 2014 he joins the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, succeeding his legendary mentor, Donald Sinta. McAllister’s work can be heard on the Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammphon, Naxos, OMM, Stradivarius, Centaur, AUR, Albany, Parma, New Dynamic, Equilibrium, New Focus and innova record labels.
Liz Ames is passionate about collaborating with instrumentalists, vocalists and composers. As a pianist who specializes in performing with saxophonists, she has spent a lot of time and effort learning about the history of the saxophone and understanding the tendencies of both instrument and performer in order to coach young saxophonists. Liz often performs at saxophone conferences and competitions around the world including the Northern Arizona University Single Reed Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance national and regional conferences, the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, and the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.
As a part of Liz’s focus to promote the saxophone, she recently formed a consortium to commission a new piece by Gregory Wanamaker for alto saxophone and piano which will be premiered the fall of 2015. As part of this commission, she will be performing this new work in recitals with Wildy Zumwalt, Michael Ibrahim, Doug O’Connor, Jonathan Bergeron, and Stephen Page over the next year. In addition to finding ways to help create more new music for saxophonists, she has taken on writing piano reductions of saxophone concertos. With the limited availability of a full orchestra or ensemble, piano reductions allow saxophonists to study these works which are staples in the repertoire; thus allowing teachers to use these works as a way to teach technique and musical expression. Completed reductions include John Mackey’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, Concerto for Alto Saxophone an Orchestra by Henry Brant, and soon to be available – Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble.
In addition to saxophone reductions, Liz has also written reductions for other instrumentation by Joel Puckett, Zivojin Glisic, Don Grantham , and Steven Bryant. Outside of her work with saxophonists, she performed at the International Double Reed Society Conference in 2012 and recently recorded three pieces by Chiel Meijering with bassoonist, Lynn Hileman. During her doctoral work, Liz performed the entire book of 114 Songs by Charles Ives in a series of four recitals. She has performed with the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale and was the pianist for the Scottsdale Choral Artists in Scottsdale, Arizona for three years. Liz also works frequently with young composers; collaborating with them on writing pieces involving piano in order to help them understand extended techniques, notation, and the physical limitations of a pianist.
Liz received her doctorate in collaborative piano from Arizona State University where she studied with Russell Ryan.