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April 19, 2007

Birmingham-Southern piano professor concludes spring world tour

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Internationally acclaimed pianist and Birmingham-Southern College Artist-in-Residence William DeVan recently concluded his spring concert and lecture tour with his third trip to China in three years.

DeVan, a Steinway artist, taught master classes, lectured, and presented concerts at the Music College of Qinghai University in Xining, China, and at the Guangxi Arts Institute in Nanning, China. He has been invited to return to both cities to perform and lecture during the 2008 concert season.

His lectures included “Mastering the Art of Pedalling at the Piano” and “Practicing and Performing the Chopin Etudes.” His recitals included the Chopin Sonata in B-Flat Minor and the premier in each city of the Lowell Liebermann Piano Sonata No. 3. Prior to his appearance in China, DeVan performed the Paris premier of the Lieberman Piano Sonata No. 3 at the American Church in Paris.

His spring tour also included stops around the Southeast with master classes at the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile, a Steinway Classics for Children concert at the Avondale School in Birmingham, and two additional children's concerts in Indianapolis. Last month, DeVan performed “The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant” with narrator J'miah Nabawi at the Lucas Theater for the Arts in Savannah, Ga., as part of the Savannah Music Festival, as well as teaching a master class at the Savannah Arts Academy.

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.

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