She studied violin at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Music Therapy in
London, Great Britain. During her studies in Amsterdam, Annemieke was taught the Baroque violin style,
by Jaap Schroder. In 1990 Annemieke came to the US to do research in Bluegrass fiddling. She studied
with fiddler George Custer as well as with other fiddlers, such as Byron Berline and Laurie Lewis.
"Typically, I organize one or more recitals a year.
Making music is not just a matter of playing your instrument at home by yourself or at your lesson. Music comes to life, in particular when we share music together.
Meeting the other students, hearing them play or playing with them can be a very enriching experience. In preparation for recitals, at times you may be asked to
play in ensemble with other students. The Annasemble is a great group to enjoy playing music together. For further information, please visit the Annasemble page.
MUSIC A PARTY!
Recitals and workshops tend to take place at the "in-home" setting, though on occasion some students may perform at the local Thomas Center. Paramount is that
music is fun, to perform and share your music is fun and thus recitals are a party for you, your family and your friends. We hope you join the party!"
"I was taught in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where the Suzuki way of teaching was not common. There are numerous different schools and methods of teaching violin. Depending on the
student and on their age, I like to choose the materials we work with. Often I work with an English method, written by Eta Cohen. I like its approach and the music offered, as it works with both
classically and folk based tunes. I may use the Avsharian series for younger children or a method written by composers: Sandor, Jardanyi and Szervanski. Mark O'Connor's method is another
favorite of mine.
Baroque Music and Fiddling
Beyond these method books, I like to introduce a variety of composers and cannot but help share some of my excitement for Baroque music. Baroque music, when performed well, can be very
exciting indeed. It is fascinating how aspects of Baroque music can be found in fiddling. As such it seems only natural for me to welcome any student to learn to play fiddle. In my practice I am
aware that my personal heritage is classical, and I encourage my fiddle students to connect with the fiddle world out there.