Music & Dance
Perugino String Quartet
PERUGINO STRING QUARTET
Named after Renaissance artist Pietro Perugino of Perugia, Italy (sister city of Grand Rapids), the Perugino String Quartet has been the quartet-in-residence at Grand Valley State University for 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 Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, Holland Free @ 3, Fremont's Dogwood Center, Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Lansing Community College, Grand Haven Area Arts Council and Muskegon's Feeding the Soul of the City concerts at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Since 2006, the quartet has regularly come together with classes in GVSU's College of Interdisciplinary Studies for a new type of collaboration entitled "Perugino Dialogues". This year, Perugino String Quartet welcomes new violinist Gregory Maytan.
Gregory Maytan, violin, joined the faculty at Grand Valley State University in 2010. His recent CD, featuring music from his native Scandinavia, was selected by The Strad as the "Recital CD of the Month" and praised for its "infectious vitality" and "rare sensitivity and feeling". As a soloist, he has performed the concertos by Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Barber and Bruch with community and professional orchestras in Sweden and the U.S. He was recently featured on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago and is a member of the chamber group Luna Nova. A dedicated teacher, he has had numerous students win concerto competitions in Michigan and Indiana.
Violinist Eric Tanner is currently Principal Second Violin of the Grand Rapids Symphony and has previously held positions with the Florida Philharmonic and the New Orleans Symphony. He began his violin studies at the age of three and made his debut at age 13 performing Saint-Saens' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso with the Pioneer Valley Symphony. 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. He regularly performs with the Saugatuck, Sunflower, Buzzards Bay and Grand Teton Music Festivals. Eric is married to cellist Stacey Bosman Tanner.
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 College.
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, maintains an active private studio and performs regularly in the Grand Rapids Symphony. Stacey is married to violinist Eric Tanner and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Charlotte.
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