Professor of Music
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Dr. David Northington has been selected by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as the 2010-2012 Phi Kappa Phi Artist for his accomplishments as a pianist, professor, and campus and community volunteer.
Northington, a professor of music at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has performed concerts and concerto engagements throughout the United States, eastern and western Europe, Canada, China and Russia. In addition, he has led master classes at many of the leading conservatories in these countries.
He performed solo recitals in the United States, Italy and Poland following the 2006 international release of his CD, "Chopin Waltzes," and toured extensively in France, Spain and Portugal as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States.
"In addition to his numerous recording and performance credits, what stands out about Dr. Northington is his capacity to seamlessly blend European and American piano traditions into a uniquely original style and approach to the piano repertoire," said Dr. William McKinney, chair of the Phi Kappa Phi Artist selection committee.
Currently, Northington is preparing a three CD set of the complete piano works of the great American composer Aaron Copland.
Receiving numerous performance and teaching awards, Northington is a leader on campus and in the community. He serves his Phi Kappa Phi chapter as President, has served the same capacity for the Knoxville City Ballet, advises the student NPR radio station and serves on several arts councils. Northington routinely lends his considerable talents to charity events.
"Dr. Northington has lived out his commitment to excellence as a performer, as a teacher and as an officer of the Society's chapter at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville," said Perry Snyder, Phi Kappa Phi's Executive Director at the time this award was presented. "He has adroitly combined performing and teaching with serving his honor society. Indeed, he epitomizes the servant leader ideal," said Snyder.
Northington has been a professor of music at UT-Knoxville since 1977. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale School of Music.
First presented in 1983, the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award recognizes the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts—creative, graphic, performing, visual, and/or fine arts. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium.