Ms. Jo-Hwa Yao, born in Taiwan, is one of the most outstanding pianists of her generation. She has performed in Germany, France, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and the United States. She also has appeared in recitals in major concert halls such as Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, National Concert Hall in Taipei and Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo. Ms. Yao is a well-known pianist who has numerous performances with orchestras including Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, PCPA Orchestra, Linfair Chamber Orchestra and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. She also appeared in many television/radio programs interviews as well as charity concerts.
Ms. Yao began studying piano at the age of six. She studied with Shu-Mei Liu, Hsiao-Pei Yang, Su-Jen Chen, David Saidenberg and Susan Starr. She received her Master of Music in Piano from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. She won awards in many competitions such as the gold medal of the Taipei County Piano Competition from 1976 to 1978 and the silver medal of Taiwan National Piano Competition in 1978. She also won the Young Artist Award of the Ester Willburn Barnes America National Piano Competition in 1985. From 1986 to 1990, Ms. Yao was a faculty member of the Music Department of Fujen Catholic University in Taiwan. She made two recordings of Duo Piano with Taiwan/Linfair in 1989 and 1990. One of those was authenticated by the famous British record company Decca. Ms. Yao recorded a solo album in 1994.