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, 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.  
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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: Music for Cello and Piano

Cellist Naoya Kanai performs and teaches regularly in the Bay Area. A local product, he studied with Irene Sharp in Palo Alto before pursuing a B.A. in Human Biology and musical studies with Christopher Costanza and the St. Lawrence String Quartet at Stanford University, followed by a Master of Music at The Juilliard School in the studio of Fred Sherry. 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. Currently active as a freelance cellist in and around San Francisco, Naoya is also a data scientist with a passion for leveraging data for social impact.



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

Seating is limited.  
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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.  
To make a reservation, please email us at tix@maybeckstudio.org  
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Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Delphi Trio in concert

Please join the Delphi Trio for the third installment of their performance series at the Maybeck.

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.





The Delphi Trio at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors  

Seating is limited.  
To make a reservation, please email us at tix@maybeckstudio.org  
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Sunday, March 25, 2018

RossoRose Duo: End Notes – Late Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Debussy, Beethoven and Shostakovich


Late works can be a personal and telling glimpse into a composer's state of being. With this in mind, RossoRoseDuo presents “End Notes” – an exploration of last violin and piano sonatas by Debussy, Beethoven and Shostakovich. From euphoric to pastoral to deeply resigned, the three chosen sonatas are guaranteed to make you ponder the wonder of life and joy as well as experience the inevitability of loss and suffering.

Program:
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor, L. 140 (1917) – Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Major, No. 10, Op. 96 (1812) – L. van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 134 (1968) – Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

RossoRose Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students   

Seating is limited.  
To make a reservation, please email us at tix@maybeckstudio.org  
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Monica da Silva and Chad Alger: Bringing Back The Bossa Nova

Monica da Silva and Chad Alger will perform a selection of their original compositions in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. The Brazilian American duo blend vintage-inspired Bossa Nova with Folk, and Indie Pop to form their self-coined Indie Nova genre.

Monica da Silva and Chad Alger have been collaborating in music, and in life, since meeting in Chicago in 2007. Having lived in both the United States and Brazil, da Silva combines her two cultures into her writing, blending Indie Pop and Bossa Nova to form a new genre, one she calls Indie Nova. The duo's songs have been featured in the movie 'Lady Bird', in the BBC One series 'The Replacement', and on the Putumayo World Music compilation 'Brazilian Beat'. da Silva was just nominated for an International Brazilian Press Award for her latest single 'Soldado de Amor'.


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

Seating is limited.  
To make a reservation, please email us at tix@maybeckstudio.org  
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Claudia Villela and Kenny Werner - SOLD OUT




Kenny Werner and Claudia Villela will perform new improvised music with a Brazilian flavor inspired from their duo CD Dream Tales. For Villela and Werner, music is a spiritual exercise to be embraced openly, without premeditation.




''Claudia Villela is one of the most savvy improvisers I ever improvised with. She totally surprised me on the day of the recording when we just started playing without any plan. Whatever the chords I suggest, she put a part to it that made it sound quite intentional. The result is a CD that sounds through-composed. The idea of moving free like that would unnerve most singers, but she really made it happen. Claudia is just a very special musician.'' -- Kenny Werner

Claudia Villela and Kenny Werner 
at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 04, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT 





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 tix@maybeckstudio.org - 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.




Players:
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 tix@maybeckstudio.org - 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.

Program:
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 tix@maybeckstudio.org - 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 tix@maybeckstudio.org - 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 tix@maybeckstudio.org - 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

Program:
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


Program:
Robert Schumann - Romanzen
Arvo Part - Fratres
Jessica Rudman - Soliloquy
György 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