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

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Igor Lipinski and Owen Zhou in Concert

Join us for an afternoon early twentieth century masterpieces for solo piano in the intimate and enchanting setting of the Maybeck Studio. Igor Lipinski and Owen Zhou return to the Bay Area after acclaimed performances at Old First Concerts to present a richly diverse cross-section of musical languages from the first half of the last century, including Scriabin's rarely performed but intoxicating Eight Sonata and excerpts from Szymanowski's poetic Mazurkas op.50.

Igor Lipinski Plays: 
Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in e minor op. 87 no. 4
Stravinsky 1924 Sonata
Szymanowski Mazurkas op. 50 no. 1-4
Janáček 1. X. 1905 Sonata


Owen Zhou Plays:
Scriabin Preludes op. 22 and op. 27
Eighth Sonata op. 66

Igor Lipinski and Owen Zhou at the Maybeck
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors

Seating is limited. Get your tickets here.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Audrey Vardanega and Chase Park in Concert

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 “forcefully established…major talent” (The Berkeley Daily Planet), twenty-year-old pianist and composer Audrey Vardanega was born and raised in Oakland, California and began formal piano training with acclaimed pianist Robert Schwartz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2002 to 2013. Since then, she has also worked with notable pianists such as Gary Graffman, Alain Planés, Yefim Bronfman, Wojciech Switala, and Richard Goode. Her past primary instructors include former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic Seymour Lipkin, former Head of Music at the BBC World Service Jeremy Siepmann, and Professor Christopher Elton of London's Royal Academy of Music. She currently studies with Victor Rosenbaum and Maria Asteriadou in New York City. 

Audrey Vardanega and Chase Park at the Maybeck
Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission at the door. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kaze: 3rd North America Tour

Kappa Maki - trumpet
Christian Bezos - trumpet
Satoko Fujii - piano
Peter Ménard - drums

Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii trumpeter Kappa Maki join forces with French trumpeter Christian Bezos and drummer Peter Ménard to create “… one of the most musically dynamic and intense ’jazz’ sets of the year.” — Derk Richardson, KPFA Radio

Melodic, abstract, mysterious, beautiful, and confrontational, Kaze plays free jazz at its most creative and powerful. The members of this international quartet share an insatiable appetite for sonic experimentation, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and the disciplined intelligence of accomplished spontaneous composers.

“One of the best gigs I’ve seen this year…one of my favorite working groups.” – Steve Dalachinsky, The Brooklyn Rail

“...the rarely heard sound of two trumpets collaborating, interweaving and cross-talking is at the center of the group Kaze, whose penultimate set of the festival was also one of the high points of the overall program.” – Josef Woodard, DownBeat about Kaze at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville.

KAZE at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 7:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Andrea Segar: Decade Project 1920 (Part 1)

Violinist and Northern California native Andrea Segar is first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, and Associate Professor of the Practice at Brandeis University.  She has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States.  Her performances have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and classical music stations nationwide.  Andrea's awards include first prizes in the Washington International String Competition and the ASTA National Solo Competition. 

Andrea Segar at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An Evening of Improvised Music with Ben Goldberg, Cory Smythe, and Stephan Crump

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg will present an evening of improvised music with two masters from New York: pianist Cory Smythe and bassist Stephan Crump.

Ben Goldberg at the Maybeck
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Lucian & Friends - Sacred Bridge: The Union of Music from India and the West

Lucian & Friends will perform original music composed by Lucian Kano Balmer and Francesca Genco.

Lucian Kano Balmer- violin, vocals
Francesca Genco- vocals
Josh Mellinger- tabla
TBA- viola

Lucian & Friends at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Jennifer Adler & Friends Present: Indie Folk - An Exploration of the Modern Folk Song

Come enjoy an afternoon of modern folk music (indie folk) featuring the work of popular indie artists from the last ten years (Feist, Fleet Foxes, Jens Lekman and more).

Featuring singers from the Insight Cove Theater Company. Jenny Adler (Soprano), Chris Travlos (Baritone), Ori Gold (Tenor), Anna Chalmers (Mezzo).

Jennifer Adler & Friends at the Maybeck
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $10 Suggested Donation

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Elizabeth Dorman's Cloud Polyphony: Ligeti and Bach

Cloud Polyphony
A recital exploring the dialogue relationship between Ligeti and Bach. Featuring selections from the monumental Ligeti etudes for piano paired with Bach Preludes and Fugues, as well as works by Mendelssohn, Kurtag, and Debussy.

Praised by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for her “crisp, brightly finished” playing and her “elegance and verve,” pianist Elizabeth Dorman was a recent winner of the 2016 Father Merlet Award from Pro Musicis. She has soloed with orchestra in Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts, San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, Davies Symphony Hall, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Elizabeth Dorman at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Special Evening with Soju Nosaka and Kazue Sawai of Hengenjizai - SOLD OUT

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)

Akira Ifukube
“Pipa Xing” for 25-string koto (1999)
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 SOLD OUT

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Telegraph Quartet's Schoenberg's Saga - String Quartet No. 1

The Telegraph Quartet 
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7 - Arnold Schoenberg

I. Nicht zu rasch
II. Kraftig
III. Massig langsame Viertel
IV. Massig heiter

Join The Telegraph Quartet for an afternoon of epic proportions! We will be embarking on Schoenberg's masterful first string quartet, a veritable late-romantic "opera" for four. This work is like none other of its kind, clocking in at almost 50 minutes, and it runs the gamut of drama, from intense struggle, to deep isolation, and finally to revelation.

The Telegraph Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday April 30, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ariana Strahl's Voices of the Great War: Sibelius, Weill, and others in the years following WWI

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
Kreisler Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice Op.6
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