旅美鋼琴家姚若華，台灣當代最傑出鋼琴家之一。她曾在亞洲、歐洲、北美五十幾個大城市演出。精湛的琴藝，如詩的演奏，給予樂迷們深刻的印象。自 1976 年至 1978 年，姚若華曾連獲三屆台北縣青少年及成人組鋼琴比賽冠軍。1977 年獲全省成人組鋼琴比賽亞軍。1985 年獲全美”艾斯特.韋本.巴尼斯”鋼琴大賽青年藝術家獎。曾隨名師劉淑美、楊小佩、陳淑貞、大衛賽登伯格及 1962 年柴可夫斯基國際鋼琴大賽亞軍蘇珊史塔學習琴藝。1986 年獲費城藝術學院鋼琴演奏碩士後在台灣輔仁大學音樂系任教至 1990 年。她曾和費城藝術學院交響樂團、紐約曼哈頓室內樂團、高雄愛樂交響樂團和佛羅里達州薩拉薩多室內交響樂團合作鋼琴協奏曲。她也常被邀約擔任鋼琴比賽評審。
1988 年被福茂唱片公司網羅簽署為專屬音樂家，曾出版兩張雙鋼琴雷射唱片，並標署英國迪卡唱片公司。1994 年在美國發行第三張獨奏雷射唱片。她曾在許多國際著名音樂廳演出，包括紐約卡內基音樂廳、華府甘迺迪中心，台北國家音樂廳、東京邦卡該開肯音樂廳等。也經常接受電視台、電台的訪問。姚若華對公益事業的投入更是不遺餘力，她曾參與多項募款義演，諸如宇宙光籌建盲人圖書館、戒毒中心募款義演、IBM“拯救棄嬰”義演、九一一“團結力量大”義演、“思想起”台灣九二一大地震賑災義演和台灣八八水災賑災義演等。目前定居於美國紐澤西州馬波羅市。
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.