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Sept. 5, 2006

Birmingham-Southern piano professor to present faculty recital

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Internationally acclaimed pianist and Birmingham-Southern College Artist-in-Residence William DeVan will present a faculty recital Sept. 24 in the BSC Hill Recital Hall at 2:30 p.m.

He will also deliver “Enjoying the Piano Music of Brahms” at the Provost's Forum Sept. 7 in the Hill Recital Hall at 11 a.m.

DeVan, a Steinway artist, taught this summer at the Shen Yang Conservatory in Shen Yang, China. He was invited as a result of a master class and recital he performed there last summer.

A native of Pine Hill, Ala., DeVan received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School. He also studied piano in Germany, receiving the Konzertexamen Diploma in 1979 from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover.

In 1975, he became the only American pianist ever to win the “Vianna da Motta” competition in Lisbon, Portugal. He also has toured, appeared in numerous concerts, performed recitals, and presented master classes in the United States, Australia, Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Canada, and Taiwan, among other locations.

A recipient of two Mellon Foundation grants, DeVan is co-author of “Schumann: Solo Piano Literature,” a comprehensive guide to the piano works of Robert Schumann. He has been teaching at Birmingham-Southern for more than 25 years.

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