November 12, 2014

University of Montevallo to host pianist William DeVan

MONTEVALLO—The University of Montevallo will host a concert by world-acclaimed pianist William DeVan Thursday evening, Nov. 13, at 7:30, in LeBaron Recital Hall on the UM campus. DeVan will perform works by composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Prokofieff. The public is invited, and there is no charge.

A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, DeVan also holds a Konzertexamen diploma from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. He has toured, given master classes and played concerts in locations from Croatia to Australia to Taiwan and China.

In 1980, DeVan was named head of the piano faculty at Birmingham-Southern College, where he performed a number of recitals and co-authored two books. He was named artist-in-residence at Birmingham-Southern in 2000.

After giving a series of concerts, titled “Classics for Children,” in Birmingham in 2000 and 2001, he received an invitation from Steinway and Sons to become one of 12 “Steinway Presenters” in the world. These presenters travel throughout the United States giving concerts and piano workshops sponsored by Steinway.

In 2007, through a generous donation from EBSCO Industries Inc. and its employees, the University of Montevallo earned the designation of an “All-Steinway” school. UM is one of only 83 institutions worldwide that have attained this designation, housing 25 Steinway and Boston pianos in its music department. (Boston is a mid-priced brand designed by Steinway.)