The Maybeck Studio

The Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts is a small performance space located in a private home in the Berkeley hills, built in 1914 by Bernard Maybeck. The studio has a rich tradition of musical performances dating back over 100 years.

The Studio hosts occasional public events. Subscribe to our mailing list to be invited.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Bye Bye Bartok: A Jazz Approach to Classic Symphonic and Chamber Music Themes

What if Béla Bartók wrote “Bye Bye Blackbird”? What if Charlie Parker wrote a prelude in E, or Sun Ra, a symphony in C? We may never know, but five Bay Area voices return to Maybeck to groove, swing, and do their thing over themes by Bach, Bartok, Satie, Tchaikovsky, and others. Chamber jazz from the heart!

This will be a live recording session! After a brief pause, the audience is welcome to stay and listen to any alternate takes that might transpire.

Darren Johnston – trumpet
Matt Renzi – clarinet, tenor sax, English horn
Adam Shulman – piano
Eric Vogler – upright bass
Jon Arkin - drums

Bye Bye Bartok at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Thomas Schultz Plays Na, Rzewski and Schubert

Concert Program:
Hyo-shin Na - Rain Study
                        Great Noise
Frederic Rzewski - Which Side Are You On?
                                     Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
Franz Schubert - 3 Piano Pieces, D. 946

Thomas Schultz has established an international reputation both as an interpreter of music from the classical tradition – particularly Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt – and as one of the leading exponents of the music of our time. Among his recent engagements are solo recitals in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Paris, Ghent, Seoul, Taipei and Kyoto, and at the Schoenberg Festival in Vienna, the Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles, Korea’s Tongyoung Festival, the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento and the April in Santa Cruz Festival.

Thomas Schultz at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$20 Students & Seniors

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Gaucho at the Maybeck

Gaucho is a masterful Bay Area band that combines the influence of gypsy jazz of 1930’s Europe with the rhythmic drive and collective improvisation of New Orleans swing music, gutbucket blues and elements of ragtime. Their sound, a uniquely American concoction, blends instrumental acuity and lighthearted humor that keep their audience coming back for more.

As founder, guitarist, and main composer Dave Ricketts says, the band is “in love with the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Jimmie Rodgers, as well as the stories, the life styles and the foot steps of hundreds of other great jazz, blues, country and rock musicians that created the sound of American Music from roughly 1900-1950’s."

Gaucho at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 09, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players: Midwinter Beethoven Festival Concert

Members of the Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players honoring Beethoven's 250th Birthday with a Midwinter Beethoven Festival Concert. Paul Schrage, Pianist and Musical Director/Conductor of the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Robin Hansen, Concertmaster, Ani Bukujian, violinist, Elizabeth Prior, violist, and Eric Gaenslen, cellist, all perform with the Midsummer Mozart Festival, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and are frequent Chamber Players together.

Concert Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Seven Variations on "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 (1801)

Eric Gaenslen, Cello
Paul Schrage, Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 (1821)

Paul Schrage, Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 (1825)
I. Assai sostenuto - Allegro
II. Allegro ma non tanto
III. Molto adagio - Andante
IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace (attacca)
V. Allegro appassionato

Robin Hansen, Ani Bukujian, Violin
Elizabeth Prior, Viola
Eric Gaenslen, Cello

Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players at the Maybeck
Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

SonoTriette: French Chanson of 20th Century Paris

SonoTriette is three members from French Music Group SonoMusette. Featuring Parisian singer Mimi Pirard, SonoTriette authentically recreates the evocative and moody sound of the music scene of mid-1900s Paris.

Performing songs made famous by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Charles Trenet, and other iconic performers of the era, SonoMusette taps that nostalgia with artistry in vocals and instrumentation.
SonoTriette's renditions of these timeless French classics provide a freshness and excitement that is contemporary, yet faithful to the spirit and tradition of the original versions.

SonoTriette at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$20 Students

Seating is limited. Only 2 Reservations Left!  Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Lang/Rainwater Duo in Concert - Balancing the Scales


The Lang/Rainwater Duo presents a program called Balancing the Scales. This is part of their long-term commissiong project for trombone and piano that focuses on underrepresented communities in the low brass world. Featured composers include Jessica Rudman, Quinn Mason, Johannes Brahms, Arvo Pärt, Robert Schumann, and two new commissions by Alex Temple and Anne Hege. Anne Hege is a local Bay Area resident and will be in attendance at the show.

Lang/Rainwater at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$20 Students

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Miro Sprague & Daniel Rotem : Lyrical Jazz Duo

Miro Sprague (piano) and Daniel Rotem (tenor saxophone) are dynamic and expressive jazz performers/composers with a wide range of national and international touring experience, including performances with Herbie Hancock, Karrin Allyson, Greg Osby and many others. Since 2014 they have worked together frequently, developing an intuitive and effortless musical rapport. This duo performance will feature original music by Sprague and Rotem, unique interpretations of jazz standards and free improvisations.

Miro Sprague & Daniel Rotem
 at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Telegraph Quartet Premieres W.A. Mathieu’s Second String Quartet

This one hour concert is the premiere of composer W.A. Mathieu's Second String Quartet. Born in 1937 pianist, composer, author, and teacher, Mathieu is one of the most influential musicians of his generation. He began recording solo piano albums in 1980. He has composed a large variety of chamber pieces, choral works, and song cycles, and has written four books on music. He now devotes himself to practice, performance, recording, composition, teaching, and writing from his home near Sebastopol, California.

The Telegraph Quartet was formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber repertoire and for 20th and 21st century chamber music. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept . . . with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” Telegraph was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Past prizes include the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has gone on to perform in concert halls, music festivals and academic institutions from Los Angeles and New York to Italy and Taiwan, including Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Recital Hall and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Masters Series, and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall, and the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. The Quartet is currently on the chamber music faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as their Quartet-in-Residence.

Telegraph Quartet at the Maybeck
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Ensemble San Francisco

ESF returns to Maybeck Studio: pianist Elizabeth Schumann, violinist Rebecca Jackson, cellist Jonah Kim, and guest artist, violist Jessica Chang perform Beethoven G Major String Trio, Adam Birnbaum's Moonbeams, and Faure G Minor Piano Quartet.

“A hip, unstuffy, and malleable group of high-quality chamber musicians who are dedicated to fresh programming” raves the SF Classical Voice, “Ensemble San Francisco seems welcoming, warm, and well-positioned to expand not only its repertoire of high-quality performances, but also its circle of friendship.”

Ensemble San Francisco is a society of musicians committed to changing the face of chamber music and introducing new audiences to classical music through innovative and dynamic performances. Additionally, ESF is dedicated to bringing world class music to schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, donating their time to share their love of chamber music with the community.

Ensemble San Francisco at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 08, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $30 General Admission

Seating is limited.  Get your tickets here.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Audrey Vardanega Plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Part I

All-Beethoven Program:
"Les Adieux" Sonata No. 26 Opus 81A
Sonata Opus 10 No. 2
"Funeral March" Sonata Opus 26

Praised as a “[musically] eloquent” (San Francisco Classical Voice) player “with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength…that one expects from the world’s finest pianists” and a “bewitching musical presence” (The Piedmont Post), Audrey Vardanega has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist across Europe, China, and the United States. She has received instruction from notable artists including Leon Fleisher, Thomas Adés, Gidon Kremer, Robert Levin, Miriam Fried, and Jonathan Biss. She currently studies piano with Richard Goode. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Musaics of the Bay, a nonprofit chamber music series dedicated to music mentorship in the Bay Area. 2019 highlights include her participation in Argentina’s New Docta Music Festival in August 2019, her two-part Beethoven Piano Sonata Project at the Berkeley Maybeck Studios, and the launch of Musaics of the Bay, a concert series and mentorship initiative founded by Audrey in the Bay Area.

Audrey Vardanega at the Maybeck
Saturday, December 07, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $30 General Admission

Seating is limited.  Get your tickets here. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Steve Adams/Ken Filiano Duo

Steve Adams (woodwinds) and Ken Filiano (bass) will present the latest chapter in their 40 year musical friendship, presenting original compositions and improvisations drawing on their entire history.

Steve Adams of the Rova Sax Quartet and virtuoso bassist Ken Filiano have performed together for over 40 years, with five recordings released. Their unique rapport suffuses both their original compositions and improvisations.

Steve Adams/Ken Filiano Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students & Seniors

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wooden Fish Ensemble Plays Asian Folk Music and Hyo-shin Na's Music

Japanese folk song
Beauty of Yamagata Beauty of Yamagata

Korean folk song
Song of Contentment

Music of Hyo-shin Na
Great Noise for piano solo (2019)
Koto, Piano II (2016)
Melody of Wave II for shinobue (Japanese bamboo flute) and koto (Japanese zither) (2018)
Night Procession of the Hundred Demons for koto (2011)
Rain Study for piano solo (1999)

The Wooden Fish Ensemble presents concerts of music and musicians from a variety of cultural and national backgrounds working together in a collaborative way. The Ensemble has presented concerts of traditional music from Asia and new music by a diverse group of composers that includes John Cage, Christian Wolff, Frederic Rzewski, Morton Feldman, Hyo-shin Na, Boudewijn Buckinx and Walter Zimmermann. They have given numerous world premieres.

Wooden Fish Ensemble at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students and Seniors

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sonya and Elizabeth Schumann: Enoch Arden

Enoch Arden

Poetry by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Music by Richard Strauss

Narrator: Sonya Schumann
Pianist: Elizabeth Schumann

Enoch Arden is an epic melodrama, an elaborate tale of tragic loss and noble self denial. Originally published as a poem in 1864 by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the words were set to music in 1897 by Richard Strauss. The resulting dialogue between narrator and pianist weaves a poignant story of friendship, love, separation, and sacrifice.

Sonya & Elizabeth Schumann at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is FREE

Seating is limited.  Get your tickets here.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Monica Pasqual Solo: Songs & Stories

In recent years Monica has been writing essays and memoir as well as writing and recording albums, including her brand new release, "You Can't Kill Light", winner of 3 Independent Music Awards.

In a rare solo performance, Pasqual will read stories and sing songs about life, wonder, beauty and loss in times of love and war.

“There’s a rare elegance and subtle drama to her lyrics. The melodies sway and soar, haunting in one moment, majestic in the next...Every track is a gem. Pasqual is very special artist, exploring love, loss and life in profoundly moving ways. To know her music is to love it. Far more people should get to know it." -Paul Freeman, Pop Culture Classics

Monica Pasqual at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 03, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Sunday, October 27, 2019

RossoRose Duo: Auerbach, Stravinsky and Prokofiev: Works for Violin and Piano

Lera Auerbach: selections from 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano

Igor Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano

Sergei Prokofiev: Violin and Piano Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a

Formed in 2015 by two Bay Area based musicians who have both forged impressive national and international careers, RossoRose Duo specializes in bringing to life the entire range of violin and piano duet repertoire, from baroque to the most modern, no era is off limits. Featuring violinist Alisa Rose and pianist Amy Zanrosso, RossoRose draws from their classical training as well as their experience with a variety of other musical styles to deliver their very own unique, expressive and powerful performances.

RossoRose Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students and Seniors

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Matt Renzi New York Quartet

Matt Renzi returns to Maybeck Recital Hall with his longtime trio of twenty years (Dave Ambrosio and Russ Meissner) alongside Leonard Thompson on piano. The program will feature new compositions written by all members of the band as well as songs from their previous recordings including “Moments In Time.”

Multi-reedist Matt Renzi has been performing professionally for the past 20 years at international jazz festivals and music venues worldwide. For the past decade, he has been recognized multiple times by jazz organizations in Italy, Spain, Belgium, India and Israel as well as in the United States for his advanced concepts in spontaneous group composition and collective improvisation with The Matt Renzi Trio.

Matt Renzi New York Quartet at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Ross Hammond and Jay Nair

Ross Hammond and Jay Nair blend Indian Classical Music with American Roots and Blues music to make a sound all their own. 

Their record is "Songs of Universal Peace (2018 Prescott Recordings)."

"Drawing freely from Hindustani classical, delta blues and jazz without being bound by them, what’s noteworthy about Songs of Universal Peace is how naturally Hammond and Nair blend these traditions and depart from them." 
-Isaac Olson, Dusted Magazine 

"Today's recommendation...Spiritual music fusing the traditions of India and Appalachia..." 
-Ted Gioia 

"Prepare to be moved." 
-Alex Cline, percussionist 

"OK, it isn't jazz, but this might be the most beautiful thing I've heard this new millennium." 
-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz 

"There’s a meditative quality to the songs, which mix elements including raga, Americana and jazz." 
-Aaron Carnes, Sacramento Bee 

"...improvisational music influenced by Appalachian folk and Indian devotional musics." 
-The Union (Nevada County)

Ross Hammond and Jay Nair at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 06, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Tessa Seymour and Miles Graber at the Maybeck

London-based cellist Tessa Seymour returns to the Maybeck Studio to give a recital with pianist Miles Graber in a programme that will feature works of the 20th-century cello-piano repertoire, including music by composers Shostakovich, Pärt, and Poulenc, among others.

Tessa Seymour and Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 05, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Seating is limited.  Get your tickets here.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Nato: Béla Bartók Solo Violin Sonata

In 1944, Béla Bartók completed his final work, the
Solo Violin Sonata, Sz. 117. Written for virtuoso
Yehudi Menuhin, it was premiered in New York in
September that same year. And it has been
challenging violinists ever since. Written around
the same time as Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra,
the Solo Sonata presents some of the finest
musical ideas from the modern classical era. In
addition, Nato will be presenting Eugene Ysaÿe’s
Sonata No. 2 from the Six Solo Sonatas for Violin,
Op. 27, in addition to the delightful Solo Sonata
from Sergei Prokofiev, Op. 115, written for violin
alone, or for many synchronous violins.

Nato at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Helene Zindarsian & Kerrilyn Renshaw: Journey of a Rose ~ Tales from the Garden and Beyond

Come along with us this afternoon as we trace the steps of the journey of a rose...she will reveal her dreams and her loves, and will take you to visit some of the roads that she has traveled along the way...

Music by Edvard Grieg, Stefano Donaudy, Carlos Guastavino, George Gershwin, Earl Zindars, and more.

Helene Zindarsian is admired for a voice that “goes straight to the heart of the listener." A native San Franciscan, she made her professional debut as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the San Francisco Ballet Company after being “discovered” in Italy during an impromptu performance in a Sienese palazzo.

Helene Zindarsian & Kerrilyn Renshaw at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students