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, February 11, 2018

Monica Chew Plays A Little Light Beethoven

Monica will be playing Beethoven's magnum opus for piano, the op. 120 Diabelli variations. In 1819 composer Antonin Diabelli wrote a rather mundane waltz and invited all of the important composers (including Schubert, Hummel, and even Liszt!) to write variations on it, with the intention of fundraising for survivors of the Napoleonic Wars. In typical fashion, Beethoven went way overboard, writing 33 variations in a period of 4 years that transmogrify Diabelli's banal source material into something transcendent and divine. Also on the program are Beethoven's last sonata, op. 111, and the op. 126 Bagatelles.

Monica Chew at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students 

Seating is limited.  To make a reservation, please email us at - please note the concert you would like to attend and how many seats you would like to reserve. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Wooden Fish Ensemble

San Francisco’s Wooden Fish Ensemble presents a concert on February 10, that features music of Hyo-shin Na - two World Premieres and three old favorites - music by the Belgian post-modernist Boudewijn Buckinx, and selections from the Japanese traditional music repertoire. The ensemble for this stimulating program - music for koto, violin and piano - is an international group from Korea, Japan and the U.S.

Thomas Schultz, piano
Shoko Hikage, koto/bass koto
Hyunjung Choi, violin
Ilana Blumberg Thomas, violin

Wooden Fish Ensemble at the Maybeck
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors  

Seating is limited.  To make a reservation, please email us at - please note the concert you would like to attend and how many seats you would like to reserve. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Chiu Yu Chen: Beethoven, Schubert and Asian Music

Chiu Yu Chen is regarded as one of the foremost young musicians of his native Taiwan. In fact, he is the first Taiwanese to graduate with full honours from the prestigious Gnessin Academy of Music, Moscow, under the tuition of Boris Lvov, Viktor Merzhanov, Maria Gambarian, and Irina Anastasieva.

L.v.Beethoven-F.Liszt: Symphony No.6 “Pastoral” Op.68
Franz. Schubert: “Wanderer” Fantasy Op.15/D.760
Franz.Schubert-Leopold Godowsky: “Gute Nacht” from “Die Winterreise”
Franz.Schubert-F.Liszt: “Erstarrung” from “Die Winterreise”
Franz.Schubert- F.Liszt -: “Der Lindenbaum”from “Die Winterreise”
Wen Je Jian (1910-1983): Formosa Dance
Chih Yuan Kuo (1921-2013): Fantasy on Taiwanese Ancient Melody
Leopold .Godowaky: Hari Besaar (The great day) from “Java Suite”
Leopold .Godowsky: A Court Pageant in Solo from “Java Suite”

Chiu Yu Chen at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors 

Seating is limited.  To make a reservation, please email us at - please note the concert you would like to attend and how many seats you would like to reserve. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Gaucho Jazz in Concert at Maybeck Studio - SOLD OUT

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 Jazz at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Jenny Maybee

Jenny Maybee’s “eloquent and heart stopping” piano playing and vocals have been hailed as “expertly balanced,” with her voice described as “exquisite” and “in the same league” as Billie Holiday, and her piano stylings compared to Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and Cecil Taylor. Jenny's most recent album, HAIKU, was lauded in the press as "a thrilling, intimate, very delicate dialogue...close to perfection," and Jenny’s composition “Winter Butterflies” was selected as one of the Top 10 New Songs of 2016.

Jenny will be presenting new piano and vocal compositions inspired by her recent adventures and the landscapes of New Mexico and Hawaii. Shimpei Ogawa will join her on bass to weave a sonic landscape for the performance.

Jenny Maybee at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Seating is limited.  To make a reservation, please email us at - please note the concert you would like to attend and how many seats you would like to reserve. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bridge Piano Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 16
Clarice Assad - "Z Sonata" for Piano Quartet (2016)
Joaquin Turina - Quartet for Piano and Strings in a minor, Opus 67 (1931)

The Bridge Piano Quartet originally began as the ZaSu Trio in the summer of 2014, founded by violinist Cynthia Baehr and pianist Kumiko Uyeda. The trio formed into a piano quartet in 2016 with the addition of violist Eleanor Angel and our newest member Kristin Garbeff, cellist, joined our group in January of 2017. We strive to bring chamber music to people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the year. We are excited to be expanding the piano quartet repertoire by commissioning new works. Our first commission, inspired by the current immigration crisis, will be composed by the distinguished composer Chad Cannon.

Bridge Piano Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, please email us at - please note the concert you would like to attend and how many seats you would like to reserve. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Audrey Vardanega and Friends - SOLD OUT

Bach Gamba Sonata #2 for Viola and PianoBeethoven "Magic Flute" Variations for Cello and Piano
Brahms Clarinet Trio Opus 114 for Viola, Cello, and Piano

Twenty-two year old Audrey Vardanega is praised as a player “with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength…that one expects from the world’s finest pianists” (Berkeley Daily Planet).

Audrey Vardanega and Friends at the Maybeck
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT  

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Anne Rainwater: New and Traditional Works for Trombone and Piano

Robert Schumann - Romanzen
Arvo Part - Fratres
Jessica Rudman - Soliloquy
Gy├Ârgy Kurtag - 6 Pieces
Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonata No. 1
Victor Monti - Czardas

Oakland-based pianist Anne Rainwater is a dexterous musician known for her vibrant interpretations of works from J.S. Bach to John Zorn. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner) and “bright golden honeycomb for a brain” (Roy Doughty, poet), she appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator.

Anne Rainwater at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 07, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students  

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Amaranth Quartet

The program will include movements from Beethoven’s Harp Quartet Op. 74, Ravel’s String Quartet, and other seasonal surprises!

With a love of tackling the string quartet canon and as fierce a passion for discovering newly composed works, Amaranth Quartet was founded in 2014 and proudly calls the San Francisco Bay Area home. Members Emily Botel, Abigail Shiman, Julie Michael, and Helen Newby strive to present classical music to divergent audiences in a variety of locales. Mentored by the Kronos and JACK Quartets, they have received additional guidance from members of the Cypress, Ives, Pacifica, Brentano, Concord, and St. Lawrence String Quartets.

Amaranth Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 17, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $30-50 Sliding Scale Admission/$15 Students & Seniors and includes refreshments.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Clarinet Thing: Ellington & Others

Clarinet Thing will be performing suites by members and arrangements of works by Ellington, Monk, Herbie Nichols, Carla Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, and others.

Clarinet Thing is a quartet of renowned jazz clarinetists featuring Sheldon Brown, Beth Custer, Ben Goldberg, Harvey Wainapel that performs arrangements of unusual jazz works and originals on the entire family of clarinets. Clarinet and jazz enthusiasts of all ages abound at their concerts. All members have been regaled in the press including Goldberg who was named the ‘#1 Rising Star Clarinetist’ by the 2011 Downbeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll. CT is featured in the soundtrack of William Farley's Plastic Man documentary.

Founded by Beth Custer in 1989, Clarinet Thing has amassed a large repertoire performing tunes by Herbie Nichols, Carla Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, Thelonious Monk, Eubie Blake, Abdullah Ibrahim, Alexandre Stellio, Duke Ellington, John Carter, and many others. Original compositions by band members are also performed.

“Clarinet Thing’s first CD Agony Pipes and Misery Sticks was chosen the Top 10 CDs of Bay Area Jazz Artists:
Features 16 lush and woody tracks the startlingly beautiful music is pithy and expansive like a great collection of short stories.”
—Andrew Gilbert, SF Chronicle

“Clarinet Thing is a killer quartet that plays a rich woody lend of original music, Ellingtonia, Brazilian choro…and other pieces that pop and sway with the pregnant sound of an improvising clarinet choir.” 
—Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle

Clarinet Thing at the Maybeck
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $40-50 Sliding-Scale Admission

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rob Reich Quartet

Rob Reich Quartet will perform a set of Reich's moody, cinematic, adventurous music. His compositions balance simple, stirring melodies with flights of improvisational fancy. Each player explores the full range of their sonic possibilities. This is music for the heart and mind.

Rob Reich - accordion & piano
Ben Goldberg - clarinets
Schuyler Karr - bass
Scott Amendola - drums

Rob Reich Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 10, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $10-20 Sliding Scale Admission

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Joshua McClain - Solo Avant Rock Cellist

Joshua McClain is a cellist, composer, and studio artist based in Oakland, CA. He's best known for his unbridled solo performances using a looping pedal and effects processor, creating intense, otherworldly soundscapes. He regularly performs with six-time Emmy winning songwriter Monica
Pasqual in the group, Monica Pasqual and the Handsome Brunettes.

Joshua McClain at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 3, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, November 26, 2017

New Carnatic Music with Gautam Tejas Ganeshan

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan's authentic voice and intelligent approach breathe new life into an old tradition. Delivered in chamber ensembles, his concerts reflect a traditional aesthetic, transforming a highly cultured musical heritage through the creation of an ongoing body of original works based in love and understanding of Carnatic music - its elaborate structures, extensive improvisations, and the utmost sincerity that distinguishes its greatest practitioners. His performances express authenticity more than ethnicity, immediacy more than nostalgia, and allow listeners the unprecedented experience of having a natural linguistic purchase on the complex song forms of a rich oral tradition.

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan has performed widely in the SF Bay Area since 2004, including at the SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, SFJAZZ, Asian Art Museum (SF), Hertz Hall at UC Berkeley, and more, as well as having given workshops at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford Jazz Workshop, and guest-lectures for music courses at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. He is the founder and director of the Sangati Center, a non-profit chamber music concert series in San Francisco that has hosted more than 400 public chamber concerts in SF, Oakland, and Berkeley since 2006, and has earned support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and more.

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Artmann/Graber Duo

Bach Gamba Sonata No. 3, in g minor
Beethoven Sonata No. 1, in F major
Rachmaninoff Sonata in g minor

The Artmann/Graber musical partnership began 35 years ago and has included many adventures: a world premiere, Miles running an electronic tape accompaniment, and many memorable recitals. The duo is especially excited to share some of their favorite works by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff in the intimate Maybeck Studio.
Cellist Mary Artmann enjoys a varied career as both a performer and teacher. She spent numerous years living in upstate New York performing with many chamber and orchestral groups, in addition to being an active recitalist. Moving westward, she joined the award-winning Veronika String Quartet, artists-in-residence at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Artmann/Graber Duo at the Maybeck
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Meredith Axelrod, Jacob Rex Zimmerman, and Craig Ventresco Play Early Jazz

We will play pop tunes, mostly from the 1920s, and turn them into jazz!

Part of the allure of old time music, indeed any music throughout the history of recorded music, is hearing the original recordings as played and sung by the original performers in their heyday, loving what they’re doing and doing it because it means something to them in that moment; Axelrod, Zimmerman, and Ventresco bring the same unbridled passion, earnest devotion and candid vitality to all of the songs they perform, improvising constantly.

Axelrod, Zimmerman and Ventresco at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The NUVO Chamber Quartet: Re-imagining Faure, Gershwin, & Rachmaninoff

The NUVO Chamber Quartet features expansive jazz re-arrangements and re-constructions of late-Romantic romantic repertoire (Gershwin, Faure, & Rachmaninoff), Ladino & Israeli works, plus original Turkish and Brazilian compositions. A vocal blues suite with original Beat-Era lyrics by Ornette Coleman, Thelonius Monk, and McCoy Tyner rounds out the program.

The group is lead by composer/arranger Michael Smolens, who has been fascinated with the intersection of with jazz and classical music with improvisation as a bridge for over five decades. Each band member has toured and recorded extensively, and is a composer, teacher, and bandleader in their own right. Their collaborations include: Grammy-winning chamber ensembles (Turtle Island & Ying Quartets, New Century Chamber Orch.), vocal ensembles (Chanticleer, SF Girls' Chorus, Voicestra), gypsy jazz (Hot Club of SF), 'nuevo flamenco' (Jason McGuire "El Robio"), North Indian (Pandit Zakir Hussain), jazz legends Kenny Barron, Stephane Grapelli, John Handy, Stefon Harris, Stanley Jordon, Nguyen Le, Paul McCandless, Paquito D'Rivera and vocalists Jacqui Naylor, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Washington, and Rhiannon.

The NUVO Chamber Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Talon Smith - International Award Winning Pianist & Composer Performing a Solo Piano Concert - SOLD OUT

Partita in G major, BWV 829 - Johann Sebastian Bach
Piano Sonata No.6, Op.10 No.2 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Fantasie, Op.17 - Robert Schumann
Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2 - Alberto Ginastera

Exhibiting an innate, passionate musicality and brilliant technical mastery of the piano well beyond his years, fifteen-year-old virtuoso pianist and composer Talon Smith has already won Gold at the 2016 Gina Bachauer International Junior Artists Piano Competition and has performed with orchestras and in many solo artist concerts. Talon’s energetic and musical performances put on display his gifts of authentic depth and rare sensitivity. He feels his music, and so does his audience, through his genuine, emotionally moving musical performances. Superb tone, remarkable timing, and poetic phrasing layered with extraordinary levels of stunning color have moved his audiences to laugh and cry. According to the experts, this young pianist is extraordinary in many ways – he has a distinct voice, a remarkable sense of musical structure, intense poetry, and he is complimented by strong sets of fingers.

Talon Smith at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Delphi Trio with Emerging Artists

Join the Delphi Trio as they collaborate with a local young artist as a culmination concert of the Delphi Emerging Artist Program.

Praised for “spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound” (San Francisco Classical
Voice) and “rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi”
(Sarasota Herald Tribune), the Delphi Trio has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of
chamber music.

Delphi Trio at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Clifford Lamb Group, with Ron Belcher and Lorca Hart

Original works and arrangements from Clifford Lamb's last two releases, Bridges and Brothers and Sisters. This is a Herbie Hancock influenced exploration of the interplay between three distinct styles of improvisation.

Clifford Lamb began Classical Piano studies at age 5 and graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music. His past two releases, produced by Jeffrey Weber, feature Buster Williams on Bass and Cindy Blackman Santana in Drums. Both releases have enjoyed sustained Top 50 most played albums on National Radio.

The Clifford Lamb Group at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo Presents "Epilogues"

Program to include works written for the clarinet at the end of composers' lives, including the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc and Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano by Johannes Brahms.

Comprised of two sensationally gifted and acclaimed virtuosi - clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov [pronounced: sh-TRY-koff] and pianist Misuzu Tanaka - the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo has been heard throughout the U.S., garnering an impressive record of instant re-engagements. Clarinet and piano duos are still rare gems on the modern concert stage despite the immense repertoire. With its innovative programming, master classes, and recitals, the Duo makes it their mission to transform the superb instrumental combination from a rare occurrence to a welcomed guest in concert series across the globe.

Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students