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, 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, December 11, 2016

Tender and Strange: Monica Chew plays Messiaen, Janacek, and Bartok

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 FREE

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 9, 2016

Dan Zemelman Trio

The Dan Zemelman Trio is happy to be back at the Maybeck Studio once again for an intimate concert of original jazz music and creatively arranged standards. 

The trio consists of bassist Giulio Cetto, drummer Mike Quigg and pianist Dan Zemelman. Together, the group explores the vast terrain of jazz music that includes lyricism, melodicism, rhythmic intricacy and emotional depth.

Be prepared to go on a journey with the Trio as they surprise themselves all the time with new music and new choices.

Dan Zemelman Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday October 09, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Pianist Audrey Vardanega in Recital

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.

Audrey Vardanega at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 8 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Black Cedar

Sonata in E Minor for Flute and Continuo,
BWV 1034 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Toward the Sea by Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)

Gravely and Vigorously
by Henry Cowell (1897-1965)

Fortune My Foe by John Dowland (1563-1626)

Miscellaneous Music (2015) by Durwynne Hsieh (b. 1963)
Commissioned by Black Cedar

Black Cedar at the Maybeck
Sunday October 02, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Invisible Guy

Invisible Guy
Michael Coleman - keyboards
Hamir Atwal - drums
Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg, pianist/keyboardist Michael Coleman, and drummer Hamir Atwal came together in the innovative jazz and experimental music world of the San Francisco Bay Area. Eventually they found it necessary to form this trio, which for some reason may or may not be called Invisible Guy.

As a trio, Ben, Michael, and Hamir are in strict pursuit of beautiful melody. Michael Coleman says: “Melody is the knife that cuts through to truth. Then there is the importance of breath, and personal expression.” Reviewing a 2014 concert, Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune said the group is "an unusually focused ensemble inventing a musical syntax for itself."

Invisible Guy's first record, Knuckle Sandwich, is now available.

Invisible Guy at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Madeline Eastman/Randy Porter Duo UNPLUGGED

Madeline Eastman + Randy Porter
haven‘t played the Bay Area in almost a year!
The Maybeck is a beautiful private residence
with a stunning performance space...the perfect venue
for Mad + Randy’s freewheeling musical slant!

Madeline Eastman + Randy Porter at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Music for Soprano, Clarinet, and Piano

YoonGeong Lee, soprano, Tom Rose, clarinet, and Miles Graber, piano.

Robert Schumann: Four lieder from Myrten, Op. 25
Paul Hindemith: Clarinet sonata in B flat major
Charles Griffes: Three Songs. Arranged for soprano, clarinet, and piano by Matthew Naughtin. (This will be the world premiere performance.)
Franz Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen

YoonGeong Lee, Tom Rose & Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Saturday September 24, 2016 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Eric Tran, Pianist-Composer in Recital

Watch Eric Tran attempt the complete set of Chopin's Op. 10 Études. These études were among the first to infuse pianistic challenges with utter musicality.

On the second half: Schubert's cyclic masterpiece - The "Wanderer" Fantasy. Because of its difficulty, even Schubert himself was famously unable to give a proper performance of it, saying: "The devil should play this stuff."

The program will also include works by Busoni, Bach, and Tran.

Eric Tran at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 18 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Telegraph Quartet: Naumburg Competition Preview Concert

String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2
Franz Josef Haydn

Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5, 1907 - Anton Webern

~ Intermission ~

String Quartet No. 3 (1971)
George Rochberg

Telegraph Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 11 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Wan Wong, Piano Performance

Rosalind Wan Wong will perform piano works by Russian composers. 

Wan Wong at the Maybeck
Saturday, September 10 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is FREE

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Klein Competition Laureates: Violinists Lauren Siess and Ariel Horowitz - SOLD OUT!

We're delighted to feature more Klein Competition laureates at the wonderful Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts. This duo of Juilliard undergradates – violinist Ariel Horowitz (Klein 4th Prize 2015) and violist Lauren Siess (Klein Semifinalist 2014) – shares a passion for music of the present. This special recital tour of the Bay Area, Portland and Ashland, OR, Washington, D.C., and New York City will feature a commissioned work for violin and viola by Joel Phillip Friedman, and the Berkeley performance will be the world premiere! Their program also includes works by twentieth and twenty-first century composers Benedikt Brydern, Bela Bartók, and Joan Tower.

Klein Competition Laureates: Lauren Siess and Ariel Horowitz at the Maybeck
Saturday, August 20 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Steve Adams/Scott Walton Duo's CD Release Party

Steve Adams and Scott Walton will be playing pieces from their new CD "Cookies for Cyrano." They will also play their suite of pieces by Ornette Coleman in tribute to the late jazz giant.

The Steve Adams/Scott Walton Duo has been performing since 2013, and are now releasing their first recording, “Cookies for Cyrano” on the pfMENTUM label. Steve (saxes, flutes, electronics, composer) is best known as a member of the Rova Sax Quartet, with whom he has played for over twenty five years. Scott Walton is a bassist whose music negotiates the terrain between jazz, free improvisation, and the classical avant-garde, and has performed or recorded with Alex Cline, Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Myra Melford, Nels Cline, George Lewis, John Carter, and Bobby Bradford, among many others.

The Steve Adams/Scott Walton Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday, July 17 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Inner Voice: Works for Viola by Bach, Reger and Brahms

Deanna Badizadegan

Bach Suite No. 3 in C Major
Reger Suite No. 1 in G minor
Brahms Sonata in F minor

For centuries, the rich and beautiful sounds of the viola remained tucked away in ensembles, forgotten between the brilliant tones of the violin and deep sonority of the cello. Only in more recent years has the viola grown to be recognized as a soloistic instrument. Over this time, the world has come to see the viola’s rich tones as deeply beautiful and powerful, with many lauding the instrument for its versatility and its semblance to the human voice. Join violist Deanna Badizadegan to explore this once hidden “inner voice” in an afternoon of works for the viola, accompanied by her teacher and celebrated pianist Paul Hersh.

Deanna Badizadegan at the Maybeck
Saturday, July 16 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ching-Ming Cheng Piano Recital

As a dedicated performer and educator, Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng has made many accomplishments throughout the world. She is an active pianist, collaborative performer and a committed teacher who has an enthusiastic heart for sharing her profession with others.

Joseph Haydn
Frédéric Chopin
Robert Schumann
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Alberto Ginastera

Ching-Ming Cheng at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 26 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $10 General Admission