In music-instrument language a bridge usually refers to the part of the violin that supports the strings and transfers its vibrations to the instrument's body. It conducts the sound as well as the music produced by the player. In a wider sense, however, a bridge is a passage that connects two worlds-in this case the world of the violin and the world of the fiddle.
Annemieke Pronker-Coron studied at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory in her native country, the Netherlands, where her teachers included Jaap Schroder and Jan Henrichs. She also studied music therapy in London. A former member of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Ms Pronker-Coron teaches violin and fiddle. She is an active promoter of music in the community, having helped inaugurate the Sawgrass Fiddle Contest and the Annasemble, an orchestra under her musical direction. She taught a string program at the Einstein School, and plays electric violin with the Greek band EMBROS. Her research in different musical styles led her to a course in New York City with Mark O'Connor, and she now teaches his New American Violin Method.