Who are we?
Perrin & Associates Fine Violins was established in Baltimore in 1994 with a vision to provide violins, violas, cellos, and repair and restoration services to the professional as well as the aspiring musician. We create an environment where all string players feel comfortable talking with us about their instruments, trying a variety of instruments and bows, discussing repair options, and trying new accessories. We work hard to have a wide range of instruments on hand—from wonderful historical examples, outstanding instruments by great modern makers, to quality instruments for the beginner. We also have a wide range of bows, from contemporary Brazilian to rare French.
Rodger established in Baltimore with expertise in the restoration of fine instruments after working at the firm of Bein & Fushi in Chicago. One of the original graduates of the violin making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, in 1987, he returned to serve on the faculty there just prior to opening Perrin & Associates in 1994.
In addition to restorations at the highest level, he also offers fine instrument expertise, and tonal adjustments, involving the sound post, bridge, alignment and string selection, that bring some of the best instruments in the region to peak levels of performance.
Carolyn repairs instruments and is our primary bow specialist, providing most of the rehairing and restoring of bows. After an apprenticeship with Rodger Perrin in 2004 she joined the company full time in 2005. Training includes the Violin Craftsmanship Institute at the University of New Hampshire under Horst Kloss, bow restoration with Lynn Hannnings and bow making with Rodney Mohr. She has a B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Music Education, a Licentiate Diploma in Conducting from the Guildhall School of Music in London and performance degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Her performance experience includes the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Opera Orchestra and the Baltimore Baroque Band. She taught for 26 years at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Erika Grant’s association with the shop began in 2007. Her background in painting and photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art is evident in her photographs of our instrument and bow collection, and in meticulous retouch of varnish. In addition to maintaining rental instruments, Erika also has honed bow hairing and repair skills at the Oberlin Bow Restoration Workshop with Rodney Mohr and Jerry Pasewicz. She is also our cellist on staff, a member of the cello section of the Stevenson Orchestra and a chamber musician.
Alice Young is our professional violinist on staff. She received a Diploma of Viola Pedagogy from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland and her Masters degree in Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Her teachers have included Karen Tuttle and Miles Hoffman. As an active violist during her performing career in the Baltimore area, Alice was a core member of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Young has taught at Baltimore School for the Arts, UMBC, Goucher College and Bryn Mawr School for Girls.
Alice also makes sure we have the strings and cases you need, and is very likely to be the one you first talk with on the phone.