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)

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 3:00pm
This concert is $60 General Admission/$50 Students, Seniors and Hengenjizai Concert Invitation Committee Members.

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 Hoover and Spanish composers Mercedes Zavala and Mario Carro

The West Coast premiere of Frederic Sharaf's "Guernica" 

“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, 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 Poulenc, Loeffler and the more contemporary Madeline Dring, John Steinmetz and Alyssa Morris. Inspired by poetry, personality tests, jazz and friends, these composers all love the double reeds in one way or another.

Madeline Dring: Three Piece Suite for oboe and piano (14’)
John Steinmetz: variations for solo bassoon (6’)
Charles Loeffler: Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola and piano (23’)


John Reager: Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano (10’)
Alyssa Morris: Four Personalities for oboe and piano (11’)
Francis Poulenc: Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano (14’)

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 12, 2017


“A master class in banjo—a tour de force!” Banjojazz will be performing selections from there new CD, 'Banjojazz'. The group Banjojazz was formed from Jacks favorite Northern California musicians, Steve Hanson on Bass, Gary Neuman, piano, and Bob Scott, drums (toured and recorded with Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and Dan Hicks). All of these fine Musicians are skilled in all styles from Ragtime to Blues. Their new CD is titled BANJOJAZZ.

Banjojazz is Jack Convery, Steve Hanson, Bob, Scott, and Gary Neuman.

Banjojazz at the Maybeck
Sunday February 12, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/ $10 Seniors & Students

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

Song and Dance: Works for Viola and Piano by Brahms, Ligeti and Britten

Deanna Badizadegan, viola & Ian Scarfe, piano

Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 1 and No. 5 for Viola & Piano
Ligeti Sonata for Solo Viola
Britten Lachrymae

As an instrument with a raw and expressive voice, the viola is beautifully suited to capture the emotion and expression that are characteristic of song and dance. The Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 1 and 5 come from a collection of 21 lively dances that Brahms originally composed in 1869 for piano four hands. Ligeti’s Sonata for viola, composed in the early 1990s, opens with a six minute “slow song” played entirely on the viola’s lowest string and unfurls into a collection of five wild and dynamic movements. Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae, written in 1950 for renowned violist William Primrose, is a collection of ten variations on a folk song theme by late Renaissance English composer John Dowland. Together, these works represent a range of musical forms, styles, and emotions, with the great unifying factor that they are all, at their core, variants of song or dance.

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

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 $15 Suggested Donation

Sunday, January 15, 2017

the pickPocket ensemble

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

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Larry Vuckovich: Solo Concert

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

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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ramana Vieira: An Afternoon of Fado Inspired Music

An American Fado singer, Ramana Vieira was born with Fado music in her blood. Her grandfather was a famous musician and composer from Madeira Island in Portugal, and while born in San Leandro, CA to Portuguese immigrants, Vieira was exposed to traditional Fado music at a young age. To enhance her natural gift for music, Vieira later attended The American Conservatory Theatre to train under Faith Winthrop. It wasn’t until a trip to Portugal, where she had the opportunity to perform with local Fado musicians, that Vieira decided to embrace her Portuguese roots and invest herself fully into Fado music.

Ramana Vieira at the Maybeck
Sunday November 20, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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 at the Maybeck
Sunday November 13, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Trio 180 Plays Dvorak and Piazzolla

Trio 180, the faculty piano trio-in-residence at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, is dedicated to its roles as performer, proponent of new music, and educator. In addition to giving concerts and master classes throughout the United States, the trio has been featured on concert series in Mexico and Canada. Trio 180 is thrilled that their first CD has come out, featuring works by Dvorak, Suk and Schumann which received a wonderful review in Strings Magazine.

Trio 180 will perform Dvorak f minor trio, op. 65 and assorted pieces by Astor Piazzolla.

Trio 180 at the Maybeck
Sunday November 06, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Eli Wallace, solo piano: explorations in composition and improvisation

Eli Wallace will perform one set of original compositions composed over the past few years directly applying specific musical theoretical concepts and dealing with societal/psychological subject matter, and a second set of entirely freely improvised music.

Eli Wallace at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 30 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Composite Identities: The Music of Schulhoff, Frank, and Bartok

This evening's program explores the idea of cultural identities in the music of Erwin Schulhoff, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Bela Bartok. Each of these composers are, to varying extents, musical anthropologists. Frank and Bartok’s music often incorporates folk and native music styles into a western classical structure, whereas Schulhoff integrates elements of modernism, neoclassicism, jazz, and dance from a number of sources and cultures.

Schulhoff’s Five Pieces, a seemingly modern take on the baroque dance suite, highlights several aspects of the composer's hybrid style: bizarre caricatures and parodies of traditional forms (Alla Valse and Alla Serenata), an homage to Czech folk music (Alla Czeca), an admiration for contemporary, popular dance (Alla Tango), and a rapid and rhythmic finale (Alla Tarantella).

Frank counts composer Bela Bartok among her many influences, particularly regarding his passion for ethnomusicology. The composer’s deeply personal and idiomatic language, one rooted in the synthesis of eastern Europe folk music and Western art sources, has cemented him as one of the twentieth century's most important composers. Bartok's String Quartet No. 4 displays an enormous range of expression while concurrently reflecting his preoccupation with formal unity and coherence.

Amaranth Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday October 23, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Trance Mission Duo with Beth Custer & Stephen Kent

The acoustic coupling of Stephen Kent and Beth Custer sound out the Maybeck House. A unique combination: two world-class musicians, lips and reeds, roots and leaves, endless breath, flights of fancy, from farce to fantasy perchance to dream a deep trance dancing. Keening rawness the Bass Clarinet, the sophisticated Didjeridu, warm Percussion, Cello and the Piano too.

Trance Mission Duo weave the light fantastic reprising the journeys that make them one of the most popular features of The Garden of Memory at Oakland’s Columbarium, and bringing new inspired works together in the moment. Here’s a chance to hear them up close and personal!

Trance Mission Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday October 16, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission