Susan Moyer Bergeron, cello, began playing at the age of 4. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Akron and a bachelor’s degree with honors from the New England Conservatory, where her principal teachers were Bernard Greenhouse and David Wells. Following the completion of her bachelor’s degree, Bergeron was a member and principal cellist of the New World Symphony for two seasons, during which time the orchestra toured Japan and England and collaborated in two special chamber concert performances with Sir Georg Solti in London. She participated in the 1994 Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall and for four summers performed with the Colorado Music Festival. Bergeron played for 10 seasons in the former Florida Philharmonic, with the last two seasons as assistant principal.
An active chamber musician, she has performed throughout the country, extensively in South Florida as a founding member of the Dalbergi Trio and for the past twelve summers with Chamber Music Palm Beach.
Bergeron received her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Miami in the spring of 2009. She resides in Sunrise, FL with her husband Chuck Bergeron, a professor of jazz studies at the University of Miami, and their toddler son, Jack. She enjoys travel, cooking and an occasional Sudoku puzzle. Bergeron has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 2006.
Susan Bergeron is underwritten by Mr. & Mrs. C. Michael Armstrong.
Name: Susan Moyer Bergeron
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 4
Who have been your greatest musical influences? Rostropovich, Jacqueline DuPre.
Who are your favorite composers? Brahms, Mahler, Bach.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Glad to not have crossed that path; this was it for me as I was not interested in anything else.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Brahms Op. 116 piano pieces.
Your hobbies and interests: All things related to my son Jack, cooking, travel, not killing the plant I received for Mother's Day which to date is growing quite nicely, thank you.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I love the gas grill I bought my husband MORE than he does! And that is saying a lot because he really likes it!
Funniest concert moment: When my knee-high stocking lost its elasticity and fell, bagging around my ankle while I was sitting closest to the audience (outside of the second stand of cellos) at the beginning of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Daily practice rituals: Always begin with a three-octave C major scale, which I then alter on the way down to G major, go to Eb major to try and use all my fingers as fast as possible to get them warmed up quickly.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "Don't you wish you played the flute?" (asked as I am lugging my cello onboard an airplane...) My answer: "Thank God, NO!!"
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: The people.