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, 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 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Greg Johnson, Pianist-Composer

Greg Johnson-composer, piano, v piano founder of Glass Brick Boulevard. Greg will be exploring some brand new territory as well as old favorites from the Glass Brick Boulevard catalog.

A one of a kind original contemporary jazz power quartet with a delicate touch that will make
you dance and make you cry all in the same night. As the band once said, "If Beethoven came back as Seal, we'd be his back-up band."

Founder Greg Johnson grew up in the midwest listening to Gospel, Motown and Beethoven. In the early seventies, bands like Yes, The Who, and Pink Floyd began shaping the road that with the inclusion of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Weather Report and others led to a compositional exploration that eventually began combining all of the influences and became Glass Brick Boulevard.

Greg Johnson at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 08, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Angela Morris & Myra Melford

Bay Area pianist Myra Melford and New York-based saxophonist Angela Morris perform original compositions and spontaneous improvisations. Ranging from melodic free jazz to energetic sonic explorations, they bring their unique chemistry to the West Coast for the first time this fall. After meeting in 2008 at the Banff Centre for the Arts, in Morris’ native Canada, they finally performed together just last spring, in Orlando, FL during another residency, this time at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Angela Morris & Myra Melford at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

French Oak Gypsy Band: A Song Journey Through Many Lands

Step aboard the caravan and take a journey through song to lands unknown. At the heart of their music is the French gypsy jazz tradition, evoking the feeling of being transported to a cafe in Paris. French Oak Gypsy Band, also draws on repertoire from around the globe. In their program "A Song Jouney Through Many Lands" audiences enjoy songs in French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Catalan, Roma, and English!

Vocals, Stella Heath
Guitar, Gabriel Pirard
Bass, Josh Fossgreen
Saxophone, Jimmy Inciardi

French Oak Gypsy Band at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 01, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Helene Zindarsian, soprano and Kerrilyn Renshaw, pianist

Join us this afternoon as we meander through musical gardens filled with fragrant roses, playful butterflies, and beautiful hummingbirds. Along the way, we will travel through many different countries and explore the languages that recall true loves, past loves and lost loves…

Music by Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, Gabriel Faure, Ernest Chausson, Enrique Granados, Carlos Guastavino, Earl Zindars, and more.

Helene Zindarsian is admired for a voice that “goes straight to the heart of the listener." A native San Franciscan, she made her professional debut as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the San Francisco Ballet Company after being “discovered” in Italy during an impromptu performance in a Sienese palazzo.

Helene Zindarsian and Kerrilyn Renshaw at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Robert Howard & Elizabeth Schumann

Pianist Elizabeth Schumann and Cellist Robert Howard present:

Sonata for Cello & Piano, Britten
Sonata for Cello & PIano, Prokofiev
Pezzo Capriccioso, Tchaikovsky
Per Slava, Penderecki
Waltz & Coda from Cinderella, Prokofiev

Robert Howard and Elizabeth Schumann at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

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

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Igor Lipinski and Owen Zhou in Concert

Join us for an afternoon early twentieth century masterpieces for solo piano in the intimate and enchanting setting of the Maybeck Studio. Igor Lipinski and Owen Zhou return to the Bay Area after acclaimed performances at Old First Concerts to present a richly diverse cross-section of musical languages from the first half of the last century, including Scriabin's rarely performed but intoxicating Eight Sonata and excerpts from Szymanowski's poetic Mazurkas op.50.

Igor Lipinski Plays: 
Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in e minor op. 87 no. 4
Stravinsky 1924 Sonata
Szymanowski Mazurkas op. 50 no. 1-4
Janáček 1. X. 1905 Sonata


Owen Zhou Plays:
Scriabin Preludes op. 22 and op. 27
Eighth Sonata op. 66

Igor Lipinski and Owen Zhou at the Maybeck
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors

Seating is limited. Get your tickets here.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Audrey Vardanega and Chase Park in Concert

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. She currently studies with Victor Rosenbaum and Maria Asteriadou in New York City. 

Audrey Vardanega and Chase Park at the Maybeck
Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission at the door. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kaze: 3rd North America Tour

Kappa Maki - trumpet
Christian Bezos - trumpet
Satoko Fujii - piano
Peter Ménard - drums

Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii trumpeter Kappa Maki join forces with French trumpeter Christian Bezos and drummer Peter Ménard to create “… one of the most musically dynamic and intense ’jazz’ sets of the year.” — Derk Richardson, KPFA Radio

Melodic, abstract, mysterious, beautiful, and confrontational, Kaze plays free jazz at its most creative and powerful. The members of this international quartet share an insatiable appetite for sonic experimentation, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and the disciplined intelligence of accomplished spontaneous composers.

“One of the best gigs I’ve seen this year…one of my favorite working groups.” – Steve Dalachinsky, The Brooklyn Rail

“...the rarely heard sound of two trumpets collaborating, interweaving and cross-talking is at the center of the group Kaze, whose penultimate set of the festival was also one of the high points of the overall program.” – Josef Woodard, DownBeat about Kaze at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville.

KAZE at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 7:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Andrea Segar: Decade Project 1920 (Part 1)

Violinist and Northern California native Andrea Segar is first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, and Associate Professor of the Practice at Brandeis University.  She has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States.  Her performances have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and classical music stations nationwide.  Andrea's awards include first prizes in the Washington International String Competition and the ASTA National Solo Competition. 

Andrea Segar at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An Evening of Improvised Music with Ben Goldberg, Cory Smythe, and Stephan Crump

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg will present an evening of improvised music with two masters from New York: pianist Cory Smythe and bassist Stephan Crump.

Ben Goldberg at the Maybeck
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Lucian & Friends - Sacred Bridge: The Union of Music from India and the West

Lucian & Friends will perform original music composed by Lucian Kano Balmer and Francesca Genco.

Lucian Kano Balmer- violin, vocals
Francesca Genco- vocals
Josh Mellinger- tabla
TBA- viola

Lucian & Friends at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Jennifer Adler & Friends Present: Indie Folk - An Exploration of the Modern Folk Song

Come enjoy an afternoon of modern folk music (indie folk) featuring the work of popular indie artists from the last ten years (Feist, Fleet Foxes, Jens Lekman and more).

Featuring singers from the Insight Cove Theater Company. Jenny Adler (Soprano), Chris Travlos (Baritone), Ori Gold (Tenor), Anna Chalmers (Mezzo).

Jennifer Adler & Friends at the Maybeck
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $10 Suggested Donation

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Elizabeth Dorman's Cloud Polyphony: Ligeti and Bach

Cloud Polyphony
A recital exploring the dialogue relationship between Ligeti and Bach. Featuring selections from the monumental Ligeti etudes for piano paired with Bach Preludes and Fugues, as well as works by Mendelssohn, Kurtag, and Debussy.

Praised by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for her “crisp, brightly finished” playing and her “elegance and verve,” pianist Elizabeth Dorman was a recent winner of the 2016 Father Merlet Award from Pro Musicis. She has soloed with orchestra in Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts, San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, Davies Symphony Hall, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Elizabeth Dorman at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Special Evening with Soju Nosaka and Kazue Sawai of Hengenjizai - SOLD OUT

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)
Michio Miyagi (1894-1956)

Yoichi Sugiyama
Tawayame for 5-string koto (2014)

Akira Ifukube
“Pipa Xing” for 25-string koto (1999)
After the concert please join us for a minor refreshment.

Soju Nosaka and Kazue Sawai at the Maybeck
Friday May 12, 2017 at 7:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Telegraph Quartet's Schoenberg's Saga - String Quartet No. 1

The Telegraph Quartet 
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7 - Arnold Schoenberg

I. Nicht zu rasch
II. Kraftig
III. Massig langsame Viertel
IV. Massig heiter

Join The Telegraph Quartet for an afternoon of epic proportions! We will be embarking on Schoenberg's masterful first string quartet, a veritable late-romantic "opera" for four. This work is like none other of its kind, clocking in at almost 50 minutes, and it runs the gamut of drama, from intense struggle, to deep isolation, and finally to revelation.

The Telegraph Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday April 30, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ariana Strahl's Voices of the Great War: Sibelius, Weill, and others in the years following WWI

The program will center on the composers and their differing reactions to World War I. Though Jean Sibelius and Kurt Weill were European contemporaries during the Great War, their cultural and musical reactions to this international tragedy differed greatly.
Irish-American Soprano Ariana Strahl has been called ‘the discovery of the night’ and has been celebrated as a singer with ‘fearless, accurate vocalism’ who sings with ‘devastating brilliance and incredible ease.

Accompanist Miles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aitken, and Louise Behrend. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971, where he has developed a wide reputation as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers.

Reception to follow the performance.

Ariana Strahl & Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Saturday April 29, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission