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, September 9, 2017

Hyo-shin Na's Music for KOTO PLUS ONE with Commentary by the Composer

Shoko Hikage, koto/bass koto Yuki Yasuda, koto/bass koto Thomas Schultz, piano

- Program -
Koto, Bass Koto (2016)
Koto, Bass Koto II (2017) - World Premiere
Koto Music (koto duo version) (version for solo koto, 2011)
Koto, Piano (2014)
Koto, Piano II (2016)

Shoko Hikage at the Maybeck
Saturday September 9, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/ $15 Seniors & Students

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Special Evening with Soju Nosaka and Kazue Sawai of Hengenjizai

Hengenjizai is a concert project founded in 2011, organized by the two Japanese koto virtuosos, Soju Nasaka and Kazue Sawai. They are pioneers of contemporary koto music, who have been active on the front lines of the contemporary music world. In this project, the two koto virtuosos have performed together throughout Japan. Their splendid, dynamic, elegant and rich performance enraptures audiences.

Specifically, their performance of Tadao Sawai's 1983 composition for koto and 17-string bass koto, "Hyakkaffu" (meaning, "Multitudes of Flowers") is receiving great critical acclaim and has appeared on television.

They have invited the public as well as have commissioned composers for the creation of new works. They have since premiered five of these contributions from public and professionals.

The original kanji (Chinese characters) of the word, Hengenjizai "変幻自在," loosely translates to, "Changing illusions." The duo created a new kanji meaning of Hengenjizai, "変絃自在," to signify, "Playing strings freely from the heart and creating music."

"Seoto"(The Sound of Rapids) for koto and 17 - string bass koto (1923)
Michio Miyagi (1894-1956)

Yoichi Sugiyama
Tawayame for 5-string koto (2014)

Sawai Tadao
"Haykkaffu" (Multitudes of Flowers) for koto and 17-string bass koto (1983)

After the concert please join us for a minor refreshment.

Soju Nosaka and Kazue Sawai at the Maybeck
Friday May 12, 2017 at 7:00pm
This concert is $60 General Admission/$50 Students, Seniors and Hengenjizai Concert Invitation Committee Members.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Voices of the Great War: Sibelius, Weill, and others in the years following World War I

The program will center on the composers and their differing reactions to World War I. Though Jean Sibelius and Kurt Weill were European contemporaries during the Great War, their cultural and musical reactions to this international tragedy differed greatly.
Irish-American Soprano Ariana Strahl has been called ‘the discovery of the night’ and has been celebrated as a singer with ‘fearless, accurate vocalism’ who sings with ‘devastating brilliance and incredible ease.

Accompanist Miles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aitken, and Louise Behrend. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971, where he has developed a wide reputation as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers.

Reception to follow the performance.

Ariana Strahl & Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Saturday April 29, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Song-Lee Kim Duo

An Afternoon with Heeguen Song & Sharon Kim

Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3, Op.12 No.3
Ysaye Sonata for Solo Violin No.3
Jean Ahn(b.1976) Froggy Froggy
Prokofiev Sonata for VIolin and Piano No.2 in D Major

Heeguen Song performs actively in the Bay Area and Seoul, Korea as a member of Beaubliss Quartet, Ensemble Ari, Sonnet Ensemble, Oakland Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and Symphony Silicon Valley. Ms. Song was a prizewinner at the Henryk Szerying International Violin Competition in Mexico. She has also won the first prize at the Kingsville International Competition and was a prizewinner at the Irving M Klein International Competition. 

San Francisco Bay Area native, Pianist Sharon Lee Kim is an active chamber musician, director, vocal coach, and instructor. She is a frequent recitalist and has performed and recorded throughout the nation and internationally.

Song-Lee Kim Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday April 23, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $10 Suggested Donation 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

American Living Composers: Music by Hutter, Pann, Nix and Billy Joel

Gregory Hutter: "The Melancholy Rags" Book 1- The Farewell Rag, The Redline Shuffle
Carter Pann: The Bills
Brad Nix: Interlude & Lord, I want to be a Christian
Billy Joel: Reverie (Villa D'Este); Fantasy (Film Noir); Air (Dublinesque); Root Beer Rag

Pianist Avguste Antonov is a dedicated performer of 20th and 21st century American living composers, and has performed World and USA premieres at venues across North America. Over the years, he has worked with composers Carter Pann, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, William Vollinger and others. 

Avguste Antonov at the Maybeck
Sunday April 09, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is FREE

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Guernica Project: Preview

Preview of The "Guernica" Project featuring: 
"Guernica," a new commission by 2016 Call for Scores winner Jeffrey Hoover

2016 Call for Scores works by Mario Carro, Mercedes Zavala and a second work by Hoover ("Burning Giraffe")

“Death with Interruptions,” by Grammy-nominated composer Derek Bermel.

E4TT (Ensemble for These Times) consists of composer David Garner, soprano Nanette McGuinness, pianist Dale Tsang and guest cellist Anne Lerner-Wright. E4TT focuses on 20th and 21st century music that is relevant, engaging, original and compelling—that resonates today and will speak to tomorrow.

Ensemble for These Times at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 Suggested Donation

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Seismic Strings Performs "Late Works: Turbulence and Apotheosis"

Quartet #11 in f minor Op. 122........D. Shostakovich
Quartet #22 in B flat Major KV589....W.A. Mozart
Quartet #6 in f minor Op. 80............F. Mendelssohn

Seismic Strings has been playing as a group for over a year, since the four Bay Area musicians joined forces to celebrate and more deeply explore the boundless world of chamber music. Their mission is to share their art with diverse audiences throughout the Bay Area -- from aficionados to newcomers alike -- with equal devotion. Collectively, the group brings an array of talent and experience that includes teaching, orchestral work, numerous chamber groups and symphonic performances on four continents, and avant-garde ensembles. Seismic Strings performs as both trio and quartet, and plans to add quintet and sextet repertoire in the near future. This program delves into the late compositions of three legendary geniuses -- Shostakovich, Mozart, and Mendelssohn -- providing the audience with the raw and nuanced range of emotions that these composers wrestled with in their later years.
Seismic Strings at the Maybeck
Sunday March 26, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20-30 Sliding Scale

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rob Reich Quartet - SOLD OUT

Rob Reich - accordion
Ben Goldberg - clarinets
Ila Cantor - guitar
Schuyler Karr - bass

Accordion player and pianist Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the San Francisco music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music. He has become one of its stalwart underground artists. "Rob Reich has carved out a niche as a premier avant-roots voice." - JAZZIZ magazine.

Rob Reich Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday March 12, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Matt Renzi's 'Three Yard Mile'

Three Yard Mile:
Matt Renzi- saxophone, oboe, english horn
Dahveed Behroozi- piano
Hamir Atwal- drums

Three Yard Mile is an ensemble that explores new improvisational territories, yet is firmly rooted in the jazz spirit. The project consists of woodwinds (Matt Renzi), piano (Dahveed Behroozi) and drums (Hamir Atwal), with the role of the piano having free use of its entire range in order to utilize new sonorities and textures. The ensemble combines all of their musical influences and experiences to create a unique group sound that will take the listener on an unforgettable sonic journey.

Three Yard Mile at the Maybeck
Sunday March 05, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sound Personalities: Kymry Esainko, Laura Reynolds, and Carla Wilson

Join us to explore the sound personalities of the oboe and bassoon through rich, dramatic and whimsical pieces by iconic composer Francis Poulenc and the more contemporary Madeline Dring, Libby Larson, Alyssa Morris and John Reager. Inspired by personality tests, suits, jazz, and friends, these composers all love the double reeds in one way or another.

Hilmar Mückenberger: Der Schäfer und die Schäferin
Michael Head: Trio for oboe, bassoon & piano
Libby Larsen: Jazz variations for solo bassoon
John Reager: Fantasy for oboe, bassoon & piano
Alyssa Morris: Four Personalities for oboe & Piano
Francis Poulenc: Nocturne No. 1 in C Major
Madeline Dring: Romance, Three Piece Suite for oboe & piano
Francis Poulenc: Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano

Sound Personalities at the Maybeck
Sunday February 26, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Django Mack - "100 Page Tattoo" EP Release Party

Django Mack returns to the Maybeck to celebrate the release of the new EP, 100 Page Tattoo. Their last CD inspired comments like, “...intoxicating …a non-stop homage to ‘real’ American music” –Matthew Easler –

Come, let us know what you think of the new work! Equal parts gypsy troubadour & high plains drifter, Django growls and croons while the band brings together elements of delta blues, Tin Pan Alley jazz, western folk, and old-time rock & roll into a lively, engaging set of drinking songs and narrow escapes, punctuated by guitars, horns and the occasional clinking of glasses.

Django Mack at the Maybeck
Sunday February 19, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fabiana Passoni Brazilian Quartet

Please join us for an acoustic afternoon of unique Brazilian music in an incredibly warm venue.

Nu-jazz Brazilian artist FABIANA PASSONI has a distinct sultry, voice and a fresh interpretive style. Her interpretations are passionate, heartfelt, and exciting.

With her inventive and poetic musical spirit, STEPHANIE OZER presents her fresh interpretations of contemporary Brazilian compositions in various groupings, from solo piano to full jazz ensemble.

Fabiana Passoni Brazilian Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 05, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Works for Viola and Piano by Schumann, Brahms, Clarke and Carter

Deanna Badizadegan, viola & Britton Day, piano

Schumann Märchenbilder
Brahms Sonata in F Minor
- Intermission -
Clarke Sonata
Carter Elegy

With its raw and expressive voice, the viola is beautifully suited to capture the range of emotion and expression that color the human experience. The program begins with Schumann’s Märchenbilder, a collection of four Fairy Tales composed for the viola and piano, which invite the listener into a childish fantasy world. Brahms’ Sonata for Viola and Piano, written just a few years before Brahms’ death, is a deeply expressive and lush work performed widely on both the clarinet and the viola and considered one of the great masterpieces for the instrument duo. Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata, one of the few works written by a female composer to have entered the mainstream repertoire, is a highly idiomatic work that captures a wide variety of characters and styles and showcase the viola's versatility of sound. The program concludes with Carter’s Elegy for Viola and Piano, an elegant and lyrical piece that Carter himself rearranged for many different instruments before finally settling on the combination of viola and piano, which he felt uniquely captured the appropriate sonority for the piece.

Deanna Badizadegan at the Maybeck
Saturday February 04, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Friendship Through Song, Part Deux: French Masters and Beyond

Jessica Wan, soprano, Tim Eischens, tenor, and Daniel Lockert, piano. Duets and songs by Fauré, Hahn, Saint-Saëns, Duparc, Dorumsgaard, Obradors, Satie, Sondheim, and more.

Jessica Wan, Tim Eischens and Daniel Lockert at the Maybeck
Sunday January 29, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 Suggested Donation

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pianist Joanna Rozewska Plays Chopin, Scriabin and Debussy - SOLD OUT

Joanna Różewska was born on 7th February 1988 in Siedlce. She began to learn piano playing at the age of 8. In 2012 she graduated with distinction from the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of prof. Elżbieta Tarnawska. Currently, she is a postgraduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the class of prof. Yoshikazu Nagai.

Joanna Rozewska at the Maybeck
Sunday January 22, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, January 15, 2017

the pickPocket ensemble is SOLD OUT

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 toured internationally and released 6 CD's of original music, which also has been featured in several films, on NPR and public television.

To listen to the pickPocket ensemble is to embark on a journey. 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 January 15, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/ $10 Seniors & Students

Seating is limited. This concert is SOLD OUT

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Violinist Maya Ramchandran in Recital

Featuring works by Bach, Ysaye, and Beethoven with Miles Graber on Piano.

Maya Ramchandran is a violinist currently based in Boston pursuing a Masters degree at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Paul Biss. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2015 at Brown University, earning a degree in Applied Math and Biology. A native of Berkeley, Maya began her violin studies at age three and later attended the Crowden Music School, and has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in the Bay Area. Her previous teachers include Wei He from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Lois Finkel of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Brown University.

Maya Ramchandran at the Maybeck
Saturday January 14, 2017 at 2:00pm
This concert is $10-20 Suggested Donation

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Larry Vuckovich: Solo Concert is SOLD OUT

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.

Pianist Larry Vuckovich came to San Francisco 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 and most diverse developments happening. He heard such great big bands as Harry James, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman as well as small groups as Miles Davis, MJQ, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Sonny Rollins, just to name a few. He brings to the solo piano format all the impressions he absorbed from that period and more which developed later throughout his performances with the masters Mel Torme, Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Charles McPherson, Tom Harrell & more. He was fortunate to study classical piano at SF State with the noted Russian classical master pianist Vladimir Brenner. 

Larry Vuckovich is recognized for his piano touch where he incorporates some European classical themes fused with jazz. Larry is also recognized as a pioneer in the U.S. for combining the Balkan Folk influences with Jazz which is found on his landmark recording "Blue Balkan" featuring Bobby Hutcherson. We hope you will join us for a unique solo piano presentation.

Larry Vuckovich at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 08, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Seating is limited. This concert is SOLD OUT.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tender and Strange: Monica Chew plays Messiaen, Janacek, and Bartok - SOLD OUT

Monica Chew is a Bay Area pianist who previously worked as a software engineer at Mozilla and Google. She is is a founding member of the Minsky Duo and Duo Moderna. Educated at UC Berkeley (PhD, computer science) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM, piano performance), she prefers chamber music to concerti, Haydn to Mozart, and lately Bartok above all things.

Toru Takemitsu, Rain Tree I & II
Olivier Messiaen, Kiss from Baby Jesus
Alexander Scriabin, Preludes, op. 16 and Sonata no. 4, op. 30
Leos Janacek, In the Mists
Bela Bartok, Three Studies, op. 18

Monica Chew at the Maybeck
Sunday December 11, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Claudia Villela Invites

Claudia Villela in her new Invites Series will be in great company with guitarist Jeff Buenz.

Villela's, music is a spiritual exercise to be embraced openly and unpremeditated, a search for inspiration and spontaneity. Her compositions and vocal improvisations encompass the full range of human emotion, sometimes dramatic. sometimes humorous, but always fascinating.

Music alive bursting with flavors from Brazil's richest heritage of rhythms and moods. Claudia Villela's performances, compositions and improvisations earned raving reviews from critics and spellbound sold out audiences all over. Both nostalgic and contemporary , her sensual music and performances transcends its language, exploding in creativity , intelligence and depth.

Claudia Villela with Jeff Buenz at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 04, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $35 General Admission