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Special notice


The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director Jaap van Zweden, our Board of Governors as well as the administration put the health and well-being of our audiences, players and staff at the forefront of our priorities. Like most cultural organisations, we have made major adjustments to our regular activities in order to accommodate these exceptional circumstances. 

We continue to liaise closely with our performance partners and venues to ensure appropriate arrangements for the remainder of our 2019/20 season. Please visit our website and Facebook page for relevant announcements. 

We very much look forward to seeing you in our concert hall in the near future, sharing our exceptional music-making and the energy that you, our audience, brings to each performance. In the meantime, stay home and stay well.
Rachael Mellado

A native of Colorado in the United States, Rachael Mellado was born into a musical family, beginning her violin instruction at the age of five from her cellist father and violinist mother. At the Interlochen Arts Academy, a preparatory high school in Interlochen, Michigan, she trained intensively with Julia Bushkova. She then earned a Bachelor's Degree in violin performance at The Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Martin Chalifour, Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; William Preucil, Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra; and Professor Linda Cerone, who had trained with Ivan Galamian. Immediately following graduation, in 1996, Rachael Mellado joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic .


Orchestral and solo performances include concerts with the Pacific Music Festival Academy Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Traverse City Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra and the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.


Rachael Mellado lives with her husband, the Hong Kong Philharmonic trombonist Jarod Vermette. They enjoy travelling, jogging, hiking and scuba diving.