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.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Cypress String Quartet: Salon Series III

Cypress String Quartet Performs:
Salon Series III – May 13 & 20, 2016
TBA – We invite you to allow us to surprise you!

Cypress String Quartet at the Maybeck
Two Shows - Friday, May 13 and Friday, May 20, 2015, 8:00pm
Subscription Tickets are On Sale Now

Seating is limited to ensure a truly intimate experience. 

Subscriptions available for $120 (20% off the single-concert price). On Sale Now!!!
Single-Concert Tickets Available Starting September 1, 2015

General Admission: $50
Groups of 10 or more: $40

Email or call Maggee at (415) 500-2150 with any questions.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nicholas Phillips: 21st Century American Character Pieces

Music for solo piano written in the last 10 years by Stacy Garrop, Judd Greenstein, Nico Muhly, Mark Olivieri, Carter Pann, Jonathan Pieslak, and Sarah Kirkland Snider, plus a brand new work written for the pianist by San Francisco-based composer Lucas Floyd.

Described by the New York Times as an “able and persuasive advocate” of new music, pianist Nicholas Phillips’ playing has been praised for its “bejeweled accuracy” (Fanfare) and as “razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited” (American Records Guide). He maintains an active schedule as a soloist and collaborative artist; recent performances include solo recitals in Korea, Argentina, and Lithuania, as well as dozens of states across the U.S., and an invited performance at the Croatian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Nicholas Phillips at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 30 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $10 General Admission/$5 Students 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Lisa Harrington: A Taste of Spain

Pianist Lisa Harrington will perform zesty bite-sized Spanish favorites by AlbĂ©niz, Granados, Turina, de Falla and Mompou – the fiery dance music of the Fandango, Farruca and Seguidillas, along with colorful travelogues from Asturias, Mallorca and Tangier.

The piano recital will be followed by a Spanish wine and charcuterie tasting with sommelier Samuel Bogue of Aatxe Restaurant. A feast for all the senses!

Lisa Harrington at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 10 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Seating is limited. To purchase tickets, contact David Sarson at

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Duo Camaraderie at the Maybeck

Concert Program:
Bloch's Concertino for Flute, Viola, and Piano
Newly commissioned piece, "TOYS" by local Bay Area composer, Dr. Jean Ahn
Hindemith's Sonata for Flute and Piano
Martinu's Trio for Flute, Viola, and Piano

Flutist Laura Scarlata and Pianist Sharon Lee Kim are San Francisco Bay Area-based Duo Camaraderie. Duo Camaraderie's concerts feature a variety of outstanding guest artists each season – both instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as living composers. This concert features guest artist Ilana Matfis, viola and Jean Ahn, composer.

Duo Camaraderie at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 20 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20-30 Suggested Donation 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Thomas Schultz Plays The Singular Music of Arnold Schoenberg and Related Works by Brahms and Liszt

Arnold Schoenberg:
Op. 11
Op. 19
Op. 23
Op. 33a, b

Johannes Brahms:
3 Intermezzi, Op. 117

Franz Liszt:
Nuages gris
Vergessene Romanze
The Fountains at the Villa d'esme

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. He has also appeared as a soloist at the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, and in chamber music performances with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Da Camera Society of Houston, Robert Craft’s 20th Century Classics Ensemble and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In 2005, 2010, and 2014 he gave masterclasses on the piano music of the Second Viennese School at the Schoenberg Center in Vienna. He is currently performing the complete piano works of Schoenberg and making a set of videos of these performances accompanied by lectures on the music.

Thomas Schultz at the Maybeck
Saturday, March 19 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is FREE

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pull-String Duo: Innovative Music for Guitar and Violin

Pull-String Duo will perform original chamber-jazz compositions from their new release on Arabesque Recordings, "Left Open".

Meeting at the crossroads of jazz and chamber music, David Dvorin (guitar/composer) and Matej Seda (violin) of Pull-String create intimate ensemble performances of original compositions. Truly un-classifiable, the group strives to synthesize seemingly disparate musical elements with such diverse influences as modern jazz, avant-garde chamber music, American and European folk music, and rustic blues.

Pull-String Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 13 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Gaucho in Concert

Gaucho began in 2002 as a Gypsy Jazz band and quickly fell in love w the same music that inspired Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and the performers of the Great Jazz Age. From there, band leader Dave Ricketts has been writing songs in that style that have been used by Pixar, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pandora Private White Board Sessions and more. Come see this charming band and they'll show you what they know!

Gaucho at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 6 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Greg Johnson-Composer/Pianist of Glass Brick Boulevard

This program includes compositions performed by the critically acclaimed group Glass Brick Boulevard on the recent recording "Crystalline Thrilled" as well as several brand new previously unheard creations.

Composer and pianist Greg Johnson grew up in the Midwest listening to Gospel, Motown and Beethoven. In the early seventies, bands like Yes, The Who, and Pink Floyd began shaping the road that with the inclusion of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Weather Report, the Yellowjackets and others led to a compositional exploration that eventually began combining all of the influences and produced Glass Brick Boulevard.

Greg Johnson at the Maybeck
Saturday, March 05, 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $15

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Taylor Brown: An Intimate Acoustic Concert

Taylor Brown: This intimate acoustic concert will focus on the incredible breadth and depth of American Folk Music. The performance will feature material from Taylor's forthcoming vinyl release, peppered with choice selections from the likes of Leadbelly and Hank Williams.

In a world full of digital manipulation comes an artist who cuts through the smoke with honest delivery and timeless original songs that will touch your soul. Taylor Brown has spent his life devoted to this mystical calling; training as a classical guitarist, performing alongside the same legendary folk musicians he was raised listening to (Carly Simon, Livingston Taylor, Tom Rush) and writing songs from age three onward. He has fledged into an artist whose singing & guitar playing transcend the ordinary while making audiences feel perfectly at home.

Taylor Brown at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is FREE

Ben Goldberg and Friends

Ben Goldberg, John Hebert on bass, and Hamir Atwal on drums.

Ben Goldberg at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 28 2016, 7:00pm

More info coming soon....

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Helene Zindarsian & Joseph Bacon: Music for Guitar & Voice


Join Helene Zindarsian (soprano) and Joseph Bacon (guitar and lute) for an afternoon of Spanish,  Brazilian and other favorite pieces for guitar and voice.

Helene Zindarsian & Joseph Bacon at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is FREE

Friday, February 12, 2016

Cypress String Quartet: Salon Series II

Cypress String Quartet Performs:
Salon Series II – February 12, 2016 
Brahms String Sextets Op.18 in Bb & Op.36 in G

Cypress String Quartet at the Maybeck
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8:00pm
This performance is sold out.

Featuring special guest artists:

Barry Shiffman, viola (founding member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Barry has had a rich and varied career as a performer, recording artist, and teacher. He has appeared with orchestras and in recital across Canada, in the United States and Europe.)  

Zuill Bailey, cello – (widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry as well as his engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.)

This performance is sold out. Thank you for your interest.

Email or call Maggee at (415) 500-2150 with any questions.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cello/Piano Recital: The Roudman / Benkman Duo

Enjoy a cello piano recital of music by Schumann, Brahms, and Shostakovich by the Bay Area duo: Rebecca Roudman, the renowned classical player, studio musician, and cutting edge pop musician with her internationally famous group Dirty Cello, and Noel Benkman, known for his performance in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics and for his concert tours throughout China.

Fantasiestucke, op. 73 - Robert Schumann
Sonata in E minor, Op. 38 - Johannes Brahms
Sonata in D minor, Op. 40 - Dmitri Shostakovich

Rebecca Roudman & Noel Benkman at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 07, 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20/Students $10

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Django Mack: Unplugged!

Django Mack: Unplugged! gives you an opportunity to take in all the energy of a Django Mack show at a lower volume. It brings you the songs as they were originally developed - on acoustic instruments - with a focus on the rhythms, the melodies and the stories they contain.

Django Mack at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $10-20 Sliding Scale

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Claudia Villela at the Maybeck

Vocalist and composer Claudia Villela talent for musical exploration knows no limits. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, she absorbed the sounds of Brasil all around her: Samba, Bossa Nova, Partido Alto, Choro, Baiao, Maracatu, as well as influences of music from all over the world, Jazz, from traditional to classical to avant garde.

"...arguably the most intriguing outing of the latest new-paradigm vocalists is by vocalist Claudia Villela ...Soulful expression steeped in the now, crafting the future sound of jazz." - Downbeat Magazine

"... Remarkable, beautiful, towering voice..."  - New York Times

Claudia Villela at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $30

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Jon Mayer: The Art of the Ballad and Beyond

A variety of mid twentieth century standards from the iconic composers (Gershwin, Rodgers. Arlen. Berlin, Van Heusen)

Pianist Jon Mayer is from the tradition of New York players who are not afraid to express strong emotions from both ends of the spectrum. He is a muscular, blues based pianist on one hand and is entirely at home with a ballad and it’s potential for tenderness.

Jon Mayer at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $25

Saturday, January 2, 2016

SOLD OUT: Ariel Horowitz & Miles Graber: Masterpieces from Mozart to Chausson

Ariel Horowitz & Miles Graber perform works for violin and piano by Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak, Wieniawski, and Chausson.

Ariel Horowitz & Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Saturday, January 2, 2016, 3:00pm (Sold Out) &
Sunday, January 3, 2016, 7:00pm (Sold Out)
Admission is $15

Sunday, January 3rd and Saturday, January 2nd shows are SOLD OUT!

Ariel Horowitz cannot remember life before loving music. Winner of top prizes at the Stulberg and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions and The Juilliard School’s Violin Concerto Competition, The Violin Channel praised Ariel’s artistic energy: “If they gave out prizes for attitude…we think we may have found the Olympic champion.” Ariel studies with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School as a Dorothy DeLay Scholarship recipient. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ariana Strahl and Miles Graber "Canciones Populares: Canteloube and de Falla in the early 20th Century"

Join Ariana Strahl and Miles Graber for an afternoon of modern Spanish and French Art Song. The program will include Manuel de Falla's 'Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas' and excerpts from Canteloube's "Songs of the Auvergne."

Ariana Strahl & Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 3:00pm
This concert is $20

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Irish-American Soprano Ariana Strahl has been called ‘the discovery of the night’ (Voralberger Nachrichten) and has been celebrated as a singer with ‘fearless, accurate vocalism’ (Opera Now).

Ms. Strahl has been seen in such roles as First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Monica in The Medium, Mrs. McLean in Susannah, and the title role in Handel's Semele.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Andrew Chan & Yi-Fang Wu: Violin and Piano Duo

Join Andrew Chan (violinist) and Yi-Fang Wu (pianist) to explore the repertoire from Classical to Romantic period. The concert features Beethoven's most famous sonata for piano and violin "Spring" and Cesar Franck's violin sonata which was dedicated to his friend's wedding.

Praeludium and Allegro. F. Kreisler
Sonata No.5 for piano and violin L. Van. Beethoven
Sonata for violin and piano in A Major Cesar Franck

Andrew Chan & Yi-Fang Wu at the Maybeck
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 3:00pm
This concert is FREE

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Jacob Zimmerman/Meredith Axelrod/Craig Ventresco

Saxophonist Jacob Zimmerman, vocalist Meredith Axelrod and guitarist Craig Ventresco will perform a unique combination of Ragtime, rural Blues, and early Jazz.

Jacob Zimmerman/Meredith Axelrod/Craig Ventresco at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3:00pm
This concert is $15

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.