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.
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.
Aaron is a cellist and bow maker in Baltimore and does a lot of the bow work for the shop. He originally apprenticed with Perrin Violins in bow work in 2016 and started working full time in 2017. Aaron learned the craft of bow making from Rodney Mohr. Aaron is also a local cellist who received his Masters in Cello Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and performs and teaches around the Baltimore area. Aaron plays on a cello made by his brother, and you may find some of Aaron's bows and some of his brother’s instruments being sold here at our shop.