Eric was born in Manhattan and plays as 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. Currently, he performs throughout Michigan in the Perugino String Quartet and appears with several summer music festivals around the country including Sunflower Music Festival, 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.