At his New York debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall, the New York Times called David Northington “ an immensely gifted musician…who combines the technical mastery of a virtuoso with the musical sensitivity of a poet.”
Such critical accolades have followed Northington throughout the world in concerts and concerto engagements. His tours have included the United States, eastern and western Europe, Canada, China, and Russia. In addition to recitals and concerto engagements, he has given master classes at many of the leading conservatories in these countries.
David Northington’s masterful pianism has won him first prizes in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the East/West Artists Competition, the American Music Scholarship Association’s International Competition, the unanimous Judges Prize at the Fourth Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and selection to the Artistic Ambassador Program sponsored by the United States Information Agency.
As an Artistic Ambassador for the United States, Northington has toured extensively in France, Spain, and Portugal. In addition to broadcasts throughout Europe on the Voice of America, he has filmed recitals in the historic Tallyrand Theatre in Paris for telecast on French National Television.
Since receiving degrees at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BM, MM) and the Yale University School of Music (MM, DMA), David Northington has taught on the faculties of several universities. His many teaching awards include the Tennessee Music Teachers Association’s Teacher of the Year Award and the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts “Outstanding Teacher Award.” Dr. Northington has also been the recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Artist of the Year Award. Presently he is a Professor of Piano at the University of Tennessee School of Music.
For the past few seasons, David Northington has performed concerts throughout the United States, Italy, France, Austria and Poland. In May of 2008, he was one of three guest artist/faculty at the Bosendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria. Since the summer of 2010 (to present) he has been on the artist faculty of the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany and Italy. During the summer of 2011, he performed a two-week residency, recitals and master classes at Shandong University in Weihai, China. He returned to China in the summer of 2012 for residencies, concerts and master classes at both Shandong University and Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou. Dr. Northington has compact disc recordings on the Centaur label of the Chopin Waltzes (CRC2791) and is in process of completing the last of a three disc set of the complete piano works of Aaron Copland (CRC3090, CRC3240).