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Special notice


In view of the latest situation of COVID-19 and uncertainties in global business travels, along with discussions with our tour presenters, performing venues and related partners, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s (HK Phil) tour to Japan and Korea, originally have been rescheduled to a later time of the year, now has been cancelled.

The HK Phil, Music Director Jaap van Zweden, our Board of Governors as well as the administration put the health and well-being of our audience, players and staff at the forefront of our priorities. We sincerely hope that the orchestra’s home city, as well as other parts of the world, will recover soon and overcome the current challenging situation. The orchestra and its Music Director Jaap van Zweden look forward to performing for audiences in Japan and Korea in the near future.

The HK Phil would like to thank our tour presenters in Japan and Korea, our performing venue partners, as well as sponsors, for their support.
Ticket holders for the affected concerts, please visit websites of relevant performing venues for ticketing assistance.

John Schertle

Co-Principal Clarinet

John Schertle

Performing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic for over two decades, Co Principal Clarinetist John Schertle appears regularly as Guest Principal Clarinet with orchestras in the region. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, the National Arts Club Competition prize winner gives masterclasses in Asia and serves on the faculties of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Equally adept on auxiliary instruments, Schertle performs as E-flat clarinetist with orchestras such as the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in the United States and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in addition to being Solo E-flat Clarinet in the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has performed as concerto soloist on bass clarinet and basset horn, with groups in North America and Asia.

A fan of the outdoors in his native California and Hong Kong, he enjoys extensive hiking and photography when not spending time with his family.