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, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and Sarasota Orchestra.
Rachael Mellado lives with her husband, HK Phil Principal Trombone Jarod Vermette, and their six-year-old son.