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.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Miro Sprague: Solo Piano


Miro Sprague is a jazz pianist and composer based in Los Angeles and New York City. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, Miro was mentored by Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock and he has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas.

This solo piano performance will feature Miro's original compositions, creative arrangements of jazz standards, and free improvisations.

Miro Sprague at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission


Sunday, October 14, 2018

the pickPocket ensemble: Contemporary chamber café music


the pickPocket ensemble will be performing all original instrumental songs, inspired by folk and cafe music from around the world, including many brand new pieces.

From the street corner to the concert hall, the pickPocket ensemble have created a unique and original contemporary chamber cafe music. Based in Northern California, the ensemble has also toured internationally and has released several works of original music. Music of the ensemble has been featured in several films, and on NPR and public television.

Speak to audience members after a performance: one will have been to Bogota, one to Prague, one to Paris. Yet for all its wide-ranging inspirations, the pickPocket ensemble's music remains intensely personal and immediately engaging, an invitation to listen in on an intimate conversation.

the pickPocket ensemble at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors



Sunday, October 7, 2018

Chris Brown: Retrospectacles CD Release Concert



Retrospectacles is a double-CD retrospective of works for piano and interactive computer composed, programmed and performed by the Bay Area experimentalist composer Chris Brown. It showcases recordings made between the 1990's to 2016 of compositions that explore evolving paradigms of human-machine interaction through live signal processing, generative polyrhythmic textures, and a cohabitation of both formal control and indeterminacy. Three pieces from the release will be performed at this concert, including ‘Retrospectacles’ (2003) and the premiere of a new version of ‘Shuffle’ (2007). Retrospectacles is one of four premiere releases on fo’c’sle, a newly founded label for experimental music based in the Bay Area.

Chris Brown at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 07, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Piano Recital - Shir Semmel


Program:
Janacek – Sonata 1.X.1905 (From the Street) JW 8/19
Schumann – Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
Bartok – Sonata Sz. 80
Beethoven – Sonata in E flat major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”

Hailed as a “wonderful pianist” with “absolute devotion to the music” and “admirable technique” (Globes), pianist Shir Semmel has performed in Europe, the United States, and her native Israel to critical acclaim. Praised for her “unstoppable energy and personality” (timesunionPLUS), her performances have been described as “gripping from beginning to end” (The Jerusalem Post).

Shir Semmel at the Maybeck
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Thomas Schultz plays Rzewski's: "The People United Will Never Be Defeated"

Program:
Louis Andriessen - Image De Moreau
Hyo-shin Na - Rain Study 
Frederic Rzewski - The People United Will Never Be Defeated

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 (a series of six recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall between 2004 and 2012, and recitals at the Goethe Institute and Bargemusic), San Francisco, Berlin, Paris, Ghent, Seoul, Busan, Taipei and Kyoto, and at the Schoenberg Festival in Vienna and the Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles. In 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2017 he gave masterclasses on the piano music of the Second Viennese School at the Schoenberg Center in Vienna.

Thomas Schultz at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$20 Students & Seniors


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Katherine Heater - "Scarlatti Carnival: Spinning for Sonatas"

Come spin the wheel of fortune and see where it lands. Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) wrote hundreds of keyboard sonatas, of which 555 survive. Katherine Heater, harpsichord, will be offering a selection of these sonatas from which the audience will create the program by chance.

Katherine Heater plays historical keyboards (harpsichord, organ, fortepiano) with many of the Bay Area's early music groups such as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Voices of Music and Musica Pacifica. She has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and at festivals on Whidbey Island, Bloomington, Indiana and Miami. Ms. Heater teaches harpsichord at UC Berkeley and piano at the Crowden Music Center.


Katherine Heater at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 09, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ethan Ostrow: Solo

Coming off of his debut album release, Ethan Ostrow brings a unique solo piano set to Maybeck! The music is comprised of his own compositions, re-interpretations of standards, and fresh takes on everything from Musical Theatre to Stevie Wonder. Ethan's music is heavily rooted in Jazz, but inspired by funk, Hip-Hop, and everything in between.

Ostrow's original compositions are dynamic, passionate, 
and gorgeous. - East Bay Express

Ethan Ostrow at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission/$10 Students  

Seating is limited.  Get your required online reservation here.


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Stephanie Bruce: True Stories - CANCELLED


Stephanie will be presenting a program of original songs, and arrangements of familiar material. Her music is the result of an eclectic mix of influences, including jazz, folk, classical, pop, and Brazilian, strong on thoughtful lyrics. Several songs are from a musical theater piece, still in progress, that she is writing with pianist/composer Jonathan Alford. Stephanie will be singing with pianist, Jonathan Alford, and bassist, Paul Smith.

Stephanie Bruce has been performing and teaching in the Bay Area for nearly 40 years. She has produced 3 CDs, and appeared in many venues, including Yoshi's, The California Jazz Conservatory, Jazz at the Chimes, to name a few. She has been teaching all aspects of singing for over 3 decades, including 10 years at CJC.

Stephanie Bruce at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert has been CANCELLED

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pianist Karin Kei Nagano - SOLD OUT

Born in Berkeley, California in 1998, pianist Karin Kei Nagano began studying piano at age 3 and has worked with the internationally celebrated late Germaine Mounier, Igor Lazko, Colette Zerah, Peter Frankland Rita Wagner.

In March 2017, Karin released her second recording featuring Bach’s Inventions & Sinfonies, BWV 772-801. Her first highly acclaimed disc, including two of Mozart’s early piano concertos, Nos. 12 & 13, was recorded with the Cecilia Quartet and released in 2014. Both recordings are on the Analekta label.

Program:
Olivier Messiaen: La Première Communion de la Vierge
Claude Debussy: Estampes
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Franz Schubert: Sonata in B flat Major D 960



Karin Kei Nagano at the Maybeck
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 at 7:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission  


Seating is limited. This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Troika Trio: Larry London, Victor Romasevich, Arkadi Serper


Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio, for viola, clarinet and piano, is probably the finest composition for this combination and is one of Mozart’s masterpieces in chamber music. It was commissioned by Anton Stadler, a clarinetist and friend of Mozart. “Kegelstatt” refers to a place where skittles, a form of bowling, is played. Between rounds of skittles, Mozart wrote a number of compositions, mainly duos for French horns; and although this “Trio” was probably not written in that setting, the title was later added by publishers. It was first performed at the home of the Jacquin family, friends of Mozart, with Mozart on viola, Stadler on clarinet, and Franziska Jacquin, Mozart’s student, on piano. (see more below)



The Troika Trio is composer, arranger and performer Larry London, violinist Victor Romasevich and pianist and composer Arkadi Serper.

Troika Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 03, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $30 General Admission  

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Anyssa Neumann in Recital


Program to include music by Bach, Dallapiccola, Granados, and Wagner-Liszt

Raised in Sacramento and now based in the UK, pianist Anyssa Neumann has been praised for the “clarity, charm, and equipoise” of her performances, which span solo and collaborative repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century. In December 2010, she released her solo debut album of works by Bach, Beethoven, Messiaen, and Prokofiev, which was then featured on David Dubal’s radio program The Piano Matters in New York and Chicago.

Anyssa Neumann at the Maybeck
Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission/$10 Students

Seating is limited.  Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dahveed Behroozi Trio with Zach Ostroff and Jason Lewis

Dahveed Behroozi, Zach Ostroff & Jason Lewis share something unique when playing together. Separately they do a wide range of music, which they bring to the whole of the trio. This afternoon's performance will consist of original material, as well as selections from The American Songbook.

Pianist and Composer Dahveed Behroozi (b. 1981) is a NYC based musician who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus is in jazz, classical, and new music. Dahveed’s playing has been described as, "highly expressive, lyrical and colorful with a phenomenal facility" by many artists and various publications. In addition to performing and recording as a leader and soloist, Dahveed has performed and recorded with Thomas Morgan, Tyshawn Sorey, Billy Mintz, Loren Stillman and Dayna Stephens, just to name a few.

Dahveed Behroozi Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission  

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Deanna Badizadegan & Britton Day in Concert

Program:
Glazunov - Elegie
Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata
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Julia Klumpke - Quatre pièces
Shostakovich - Sonata for Viola and Piano

Violist Deanna Badizadegan enjoys a diverse career as a soloist and chamber musician, including recent performances with Sejong Soloists, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and at TEDxStanford and TEDxFargo. Britton Day is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He received his Master's degree as well as a Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory. 

Deanna Badizadegan at the Maybeck
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission  

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Larry Vuckovich: A Unique Solo Piano Concert

An interesting diverse program of American Standard Classics (Gershwin, Ellington, Porter), Jazz styles of various eras, World Music – Balkan/Gypsy – Roma, Latin/Brazilian/Tango Jazz & Classical Music influences. In addition to this program Larry will highlight two giants of the American Songbook: Victor Young & Harry Warren. He will also do a nod to one of the jazz greats, Erroll Garner. 

Pianist Larry Vuckovich came to S.F. in 1951 as a teenager from Montenegro – former Yugoslavia. He was fortunate to experience the heyday of jazz of which the ‘50s decade had some of the richest & most diverse developments happening. He heard such great big bands as Harry James, Ellington, Basie, Woody Herman as well as small groups like Miles & Trane, MJQ, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Sonny Rollins, to name a few.






Larry Vuckovich at the Maybeck
Sunday, May 06, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Seating is limited.  Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mary Vanhoozer: Bright Shadows

Program:
Bach Partita No. 6 in E minor
Rodriguez 'Partita for Piano'
Schubert Impromptus Op. 142, No. 1 and 4
Ravel Sonatine


Known for her passion for performing and bringing community together through live music, Dr. Mary Vanhoozer is an active soloist and chamber musician. She began piano at age five with her father, an amateur pianist and professional theologian. At age nine, she was admitted to St. Mary's School of Music, an independent specialist music school in Edinburgh, Scotland, which offers both music and academic education to musically gifted children. It was there that she developed an enduring love of folk music and Scottish fiddling.

Mary Vanhoozer at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $10 General Admission  

Seating is limited.  Get your required online reservation here.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Luciano Troja "At Home With Zindars"


An intimate and creative solo piano journey into the world of Earl Zindars, who was a
San Francisco-based composer, percussionist and teacher, and who enjoyed a close friendship and long musical association with the legendary Bill Evans.

For Luciano’s Bay Area debut, he will be playing a selection of songs from his critically acclaimed album “At Home With Zindars” (2010), which is dedicated exclusively to the music of Earl Zindars.

Luciano Troja at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students & Seniors   

Seating is limited.  Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Naoya Kanai and Crystal Chao: Music for Cello and Piano



Cellist Naoya Kanai  and Crystal Chao will perform music for piano and cello.

Naoya Kanai performs and teaches regularly in the Bay Area. He has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, including concerti with the California Youth Symphony and Stanford Symphony Orchestra, as well as principal positions in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and Aspen Concert Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Banff, Orford, and Takefu festivals.

Crystal Chao is a new music enthusiast, she studied with Evan Ziporyn of Bang on a Can at MIT, and with pianist Timothy Whiteboard of Georgia Tech's contemporary music ensemble-in-residence Sonic Generator. She also programmed and performed with a marimba robot named Shimon.

Naoya Kanai at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission  

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cecily Ward - Solo Violin


Dances for Solo Violin:
Unaccompanied works by Tartini, Schulhoff, Ruehr and Harbison

Cecily returns to the Bay Area for her West Coast appearance since the Cypress Quartet disbanded in 2016. 

For 20 years she was the first violinist of the Cypress String Quartet, and performed throughout the United States and Europe at venues including the Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, the Lobkowitz Palace (Prague, Czech Republic), and Eroicasaal (Vienna, Austria). Her performances have been featured numerous times on NPR’s “Performance Today” and are broadcast on radio stations worldwide.


Cecily Ward at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$10 Students 

Seating is limited. To purchase advanced tickets, click here.   


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Michael Coleman and Ben Goldberg: CD Release Concert for PRACTITIONER

PRACTITIONER

Michael Coleman and Ben Goldberg are happy to announce the release of their new record “PRACTITIONER.” This record, three years in the making, is based on Steve Lacy’s Hocus Pocus - Book ‘H’ of “Practitioners”.

BEN GOLDBERG SAYS:
“In 1985 I took a lesson from Steve Lacy. I was in Paris a lot and would go to the Sunset to hear Steve and politely beg for a lesson. Finally he relented, saying, ‘I have a soft spot for clarinetists.’ We spent the afternoon at his place on Rue du Temple and Steve prescribed some exercises for investigating the basic elements of music. At the end of our meeting he gave me a copy of a new record of his, called Hocus Pocus.”

STEVE LACY WRITES:
“These pieces were written (‘83) for my own use, as exercises and studies for the saxophone. Deliberately made so as to be hard to play, they also contain many of the characteristic ‘licks’, which comprise the language that I use, in the the different kinds of improvisational musics that I perform in. Each piece is also a portrait of, and an homage to, a distinguished practitioner of a particular art.”

Since Steve was a baseball fan, each cd comes with a pack of 12 baseball cards depicting the artists to whom Lacy dedicated his pieces, along with the people who made the record happen, and of course Steve himself. Each card has a portrait by Molly Barker and an original poem by the likes of Dean Young, J. Kathleen White, Paul Muldoon, Heather de Guzman Gordon, Clark Coolidge, Molly Barker, SNEAL, Babs Gonzalez, Jake Marmer, and Jesse Rimler.

Michael Coleman & Ben Goldberg at the Maybeck
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission  

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

An Afternoon Recital featuring Eric Chin, Ellie Kanayama, and Yi-Fang Wu


Program:
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op.56
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor, Op.108

Violinist Eric Chin, a founding member of the acclaimed Telegraph Quartet, is
equally passionate about performing and teaching. Captivated by chamber music, he founded
the award- winning Nexus String Quartet in 2007 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Ellie Kanayama is a senior at Berkeley High School, and is currently studying with Eric Chin at the Precollege Division of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has received top prizes in competitions, including Youngarts, VOCE, Etude Club of Berkeley, US Open Music, American String Teacher Association, and other concerto competitions. 

Yi-Fang Wu decided to pursue her love of music after graduating from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan and came to Cleveland Institute of Music to study with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro for Master Degree in Piano Performance. 

Eric Chin, Ellie Kanayama & Yi-Fang Wu at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is FREE