The Musicians

Susan Moyer Bergeron, cello, is a member of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. The Lancaster, PA native has called South Florida her home for over 25 years, playing in most of the musical ensembles in the area, notably the New World Symphony (2 seasons), the Florida Philharmonic (10 seasons), Palm Beach Opera, Boca Raton Symphonia, Atlantic Classical Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony to name a few. She studied at the New England Conservatory (Bachelor of Music), the University of Akron (Master of Music) and the University of Miami (Doctor of Musical Arts), performing concertos at each institution with the school orchestra as a result of winning the concerto competition. Dr. Bergeron has spent many summers performing in festivals all over the country including the Colorado Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Tanglewood, Kent/Blossom (OH), Yellow Barn (VT) and the Quartet Program (then in NY). As a special honor, she participated in the Solti Orchestral Seminar at Carnegie Hall in 1994 and performed chamber music in two special concerts with Sir Georg Solti while on tour with the New World Symphony in Great Britain.  This is Dr. Bergeron’s 20th season with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival and she appears on five Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Production label.  She lives in Sunrise, FL with her husband, jazz bassist Chuck Bergeron, and their 9 year old son, Jack.

Michael Ellert, bassoon, began his studies in high school with William Polisi (NBC Symphony/New York Philharmonic/Metropolitan Opera), studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City with Harold Goltzer and in Israel with Mordechai Rechtman (Israel Philharmonic). He is Principal Bassoon of the Opus One Orchestra (Miami City Ballet) and Southwest Florida Symphony (Fort Myers). He is a former member of the Palm Beach Symphony, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Naples/Marco Philharmonic, Virginia Opera Orchestra, and has performed for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, New York City Opera and the New Jersey Symphony. As a freelancer in South Florida, Mr. Ellert has performed with such illustrious organizations as the Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Grand Opera Touring Company, New York City Ballet, and the Moiseyev Ballet. Mr. Ellert taught Bassoon at Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music for ten years and currently maintains a small studio of private students in Palm Beach County. He is on the Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, appearing on all six Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Production label.

Michael Forte, clarinet, is Principal Clarinet of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony (Fort Myers), and is Co-Principal Clarinet of The Symphonia Boca Raton. He is a former member of the Maracaibo Symphony in Venezuela and is a graduate of Syracuse University. He has appeared as soloist in the concertos of Mozart and Weber with the Maracaibo Symphony, the Southwest Florida Symphony, the Palm Beach Symphony and the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony. Mr. Forte is a Palm Beach County Schools Artist-in-Residence at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, The Conservatory School in North Palm, Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, and maintains a large private teaching studio. He is on the Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, appearing on all six Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Production label.

Karen Fuller, flute, is a founding board member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival and appears on all six of the Festival’s Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Productions label. She is currently Principal Flute of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, a position she has held since 1989, Miami City Ballet’s Opus One Orchestra, The Symphonia Boca Raton and Orchestra Miami. She is also a member of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. During her 23 year tenure as Principal Flute of the Palm Beach Symphony, Ms. Fuller appeared as a concerto soloist 4 times. In addition, she performed frequently with Ballet Florida, the Concert Association of Florida and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for over 15 years and was a member of the Naples Philharmonic for 10 years. She has also performed with Florida Grand Opera and the Sarasota Orchestra, and has appeared with the Munich Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet on their US tours. As a fellow with the New World Symphony, she was featured as a concerto soloist and toured South America and Europe, performing at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and the grand opening of the Bastille Opera House in Paris among others. Ms. Fuller began her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, then moved to New York and holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She is a past 1st prize winner of the New York Flute Club Competition. She also attended Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she was an Associate Instructor of Flute while pursuing a doctoral degree before moving to Miami in 1988. Her teachers include Maurice Sharp, Harold Bennett and Carol Wincenc. She currently serves as Instructor of Flute at Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a Palm Beach County Schools Artist-in-Residence at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Bak Middle School of the Arts, The Conservatory School and Spanish River High School. After living in Fort Lauderdale for 28 years, she moved to West Palm Beach in 2017.

Dina Kostic, violin, is a native of Belgrade, Serbia. An established chamber and orchestral musician, she currently performs with various groups in the South Florida area, including the Palm Beach Opera and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, as well as serving as Assistant Concertmaster of The Symphonia Boca Raton and Principal Second Violin of Nu Deco Ensemble and the Opus One Orchestra (Miami City Ballet). She is a contracted per-service violinist with the Naples Philharmonic and is a substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra and Sarasota Orchestra, among others. Ms. Kostic previously held positions with the Florida Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She moved to the United States at age fifteen, having received a full scholarship to study at Southern Methodist University, and went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. Ms. Kostic has served as Adjunct Faculty at Barry University in Miami Shores since 2003, along with maintaining a private studio. This season marks her 17th summer with PBCMF. She appears on three Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Production Label.

Mei Mei Luo, violin, is one of South Florida’s most well-known violinists. She was the Assistant Concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra until its closing, and served as Concertmaster for the final concert in 2003. Ms. Luo is the founding first violinist of the acclaimed Delray String Quartet, which performs wide-ranging repertoire every season throughout three south Florida counties. As a soloist, she has performed the Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Bruch violin concertos. In addition to serving as a core member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival since 2000, she is also Concertmaster of Orchestra Miami and Opus One (Miami City Ballet Orchestra) and has performed with The Symphonia Boca Raton. She has been a member of the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists as well as an alternate for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Luo earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Shanghai and Shenyang Conservatory of Music and was the second prize winner of the National Youth Violin Competition in China. She earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Miami. Ms. Luo has recorded Dvorák with the Delray String Quartet on the Poinciana label, and also appears on the Klavier and Harmonia Mundi labels.

René Reder, viola, was born and raised in Tacoma, WA, where she attended the University of Puget Sound, earning her Bachelor of Music degree. She received her Master of Music degree and Performance Diploma from Temple University in Philadelphia. Ms. Reder has been a fellow with the New World Symphony and a member of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony in Norfolk, and is currently a member of the Alabama Symphony in Birmingham. She has also performed at the New Hampshire Music Festival. This is Rene’s 17th summer with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival and she appears on three Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Production label.