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, 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, 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, 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

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

Exquisite Music: Tessa Seymour

Setting off from her native city of Berkeley, CA, and ending on the opposite coast in Boston, MA two months later, the young North Californian musician and her 1720 Testore “Camilla” cello will travel almost 10,000 miles across the US to play 30 unique concerts in 30 major cities on her first major US tour. Join us on October 1st in Berkeley, CA for the first concert of her tour.
Works by Bach, Cassadó, Ligeti, and Kodály.

Tessa Seymour at the Maybeck
Saturday October 01, 2016 at 7:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

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

Monday, September 19, 2016

An Evening of Sonatas with Maya Ramchandran and Miles Graber

Maya Ramchandran, Violin
Miles Graber, Piano

Faure Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major, op. 13
1. Allegro molto
2. Andante
3. Allegro Vivo
4. Allegro Quasi Presto

Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Un poco presto e con sentimento
4. Presto agitato

Ravel Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major (written 1927)
1. Allegretto
2. Blues
3. Perpetuum mobile

Maya Ramchandran and Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Monday September 19, 2016 at 7:00pm
This concert is $10-20 Donation