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Oct. 2, 2007

Birmingham-Southern piano professor and Steinway artist to present faculty recital

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Internationally acclaimed pianist and Birmingham-Southern College Artist-in-Residence William DeVan will present a faculty recital Oct. 7 in the BSC Hill Recital Hall at 2:30 p.m. His program will include “24 Preludes, Opus 28” by Frederic Chopin and “Sonata in C Minor, Opus 111” by Beethoven.

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 continues to tour, appearing in numerous concerts, performing recitals, and presenting master classes in the United States and around the world.

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 26 years.


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