PERUGINO STRING QUARTET
Named after Renaissance artist Pietro Perugino of Perugia, Italy (sister city of Grand Rapids), the Perugino String Quartet has been performing for West Michigan audiences for over fifteen years. The ensemble is dedicated to performing great classics of the string quartet repertoire and a variety of interesting and exciting new chamber works. The quartet made its New York debut at Lincoln Center in 1999 in an all-Beethoven concert as part of the prestigious Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and premiered new works by Will Gay Bottje in 2001 and Lee Copenhaver in 2004. PSQ centers its activities around Michigan, performing on many arts series and events, such as Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, Holland Free @ 3, Fremont's Dogwood Center, ArtReach of Mid Michigan, Lansing Community College, Grand Haven Area Arts Council, South Haven and Muskegon's Feeding the Soul of the City concerts at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The quartet has also collaborated with GVSU's College of Interdisciplinary Studies for classes entitled "Perugino Dialogues". This year, the Perugino String Quartet welcomes new violinist Christopher Martin.
Violinist Eric Tanner is Principal Second Violin of the Grand Rapids Symphony and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra numerous times. Previously, he held positions with the Florida Philharmonic, the New Orleans Symphony and the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony Orchestra. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and received BM and MM degrees from the University of Massachusetts and the Manhattan School of Music. Raphael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne, Julian Olevsky and Sylvia Rosenberg were among his principal teachers. Tanner served as Artist-Faculty Instructor of Violin at Grand Valley State University from 1999 to 2011. He regularly performs with several summer music festivals around the country including Sunflower, Buzzards Bay MusicFest and Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. Tanner is married to cellist Stacey Bosman Tanner and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Charlotte.
Violinist Christopher Martin is a longtime member of the Grand Rapids Symphony which he joined at the beginning of the 1988-89 season. He has performed numerous times as soloist with the orchestra, including works by Bloch, Corigliano and Vivaldi. Martin is also quite active in the community outside of the Symphony as an avid chamber musician. In addition to performing with the Perugino String Quartet, he performs in Ensemble Montage, which presents works for combined woodwinds, strings, piano, percussion and other instruments. In 2014, he began performing with the flute and guitar duo, Folias, in both concert and tango dance settings. Martin received degrees in violin performance from The Ohio State University where he studied with Michael Davis, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where his teachers were Jens Ellerman and Makoto Kaneshiro.
Violist Barbara Corbato is the Assistant Principal Viola of the Grand Rapids Symphony. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Corbato is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Her principal teachers include Donald McInnes and Yizhak Schotten. Before arriving in Grand Rapids, she was a member of the New World Symphony Orchestra of Miami, Florida, the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival of South Carolina and Italy. She has also participated in music festivals in Saugatuck, Santa Barbara, Aspen and Keystone, Colorado. In addition to her performing career, Ms. Corbato is an active private teacher and serves as instructor of viola at Hope and Aquinas Colleges.
Cellist Stacey Bosman Tanner is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Michigan and the Boston Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Ross Harbaugh, Jeffrey Solow and Andres Diaz. She was Principal Cellist of La Orquesta de San Luis in Argentina and has also been a member of the Midland-Odessa (Texas) Symphony, the Northwood Sinfonietta and the Kalamazoo Symphony. She has served on the faculties of GVSU, Calvin College and Cornerstone University, and currently teaches at Grand Rapids Community College. She also maintains an active private teaching studio and performs regularly in the Grand Rapids Symphony. Stacey is married to violinist Eric Tanner and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Charlotte.