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.

Sunday, June 14, 2020


New York based, Berkeley-raised pianist Ethan Ostrow returns to California for a unique solo piano set of original music, fresh takes on jazz standards, and music that bends the confines of genres altogether.

Having led a double-life as an actor for many years, Ethan understands the power of storytelling, and brings it to his music in every performance. He strives for an intense, lush sound, and demonstrates deep personal expression. Ethan has had the opportunity to headline and perform at some of the Bay Area’s finest venues, including Yoshi’s, The UC Theater, The Fox Theater, The Freight & Salvage and more.

Ethan frequently combines his love of music with his passion for cancer charity work, and is proud to have raised over $45,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through his "Concert for a Cure" series.

Ethan will soon be releasing his upcoming album, The Path of Obscurity, a suite that explores elements of trauma and how it affects us. This piece is written for jazz band, strings, and a narrator performing spoken word.

Sunday, May 31, 2020


An afternoon of Romantic trios by Brahms and Clarke, among others.

The Sonoma Trio comes together out of a long and colorful past of musical relationships. The trio's focus is on the uniquely human element that unites both performer and audience in the appreciation of great music including the treasured masterpieces of the past, lesser known works, and newly composed pieces. We dedicate this concert to the spirit of those women and men who made the women's vote a reality 100 years ago.

Mary Artmann, Cello 
Kate Stenberg, Violin 
Miles Graber, Piano 

Saturday, May 30, 2020


Larry Vuckovich returns to Maybeck once again and will do a program of more surprises, –selections not often heard, paying homage to his personal associations with the great pianists: Red Garland, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, McCoy Tyner, just to name a few. Also, he will pay tribute and perform selections from two renown women composers: Dana Suesse and Bernice Petkere. 

As always, it’ll be a diverse, wide-ranging program of rare standards, classic jazz, bebop, Latin/Brazilian, world music including Balkan Ethnic selections, funky/boogaloo, jazz tango, etc… 

Sunday, May 17, 2020


Performing solo cello works written by women composers, including several new commissions to be performed alongside established works.

Cellist, Natalie Raney is recognized for her bold and adventurous playing and has performed chamber music with world-renowned musicians such as Kim Kashkashian, Menahem Pressler, Geoff Nuttall, Bonnie Hampton, Roberto Diaz, Norman Fischer, Ian Swensen, Jodi Levitz, and the Arianna String Quartet in venues such as Kennedy Center & Bing Hall.

Co-founded by musician/composers, Emma Logan and Julie Barwick, Helia Music Collective supports the creative endeavors of women in music throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Helia Music seeks to enrich the community and expand the engagement of women artists through educational outreach and collaborations, with performances and workshops taking place in unique and diverse spaces. Through charitable activities and events, Helia supports the education and development of women in the Bay Area and beyond.

Sunday, April 19, 2020


A program of songs by Poulenc, Faure, Hahn, Debussy, and others.

Poulenc ~ Bonne Journée, Hotel, Fleurs
Rachmaninoff ~ Son
Boulanger ~ Deux Ancolies
Debussy ~ Proses Lyriques

Faure ~ Nell, Rencontre, Sylvie, Après un Rêve, Aurore
Hahn ~ Offrande, Phyllis
Strauss ~ Cäcilie, Breit Über Mein Haupt
Schumann ~ Mein Schöner Stern, Herzeleid

(program runs approx. 60 mins.)

Jonathan and Gabrielle are singers and collaborative pianists. For the past year, they have regularly collaborated on song recitals, presenting thoughtful, lyrical, and ambitious programs in SF and the East Bay.

Saturday, April 18, 2020


Mark Helias (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), and Ben Goldberg (clarinet) present original compositions and improvisations.

Bassist/Composer Mark Helias has performed throughout the world for more than four decades. Helias has written music for two feature films as well as chamber pieces and works for large ensemble and big band. His orchestra piece “Stochasm” was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in June of 2011. Tomas Fujiwara is a Brooklyn-based drummer, composer, and band leader. Described as “a ubiquitous presence in the New York scene…an artist whose urbane writing is equal to his impressively nuanced drumming.” Clarinetist Ben Goldberg has established himself as “one of the most vibrant, flexible, and inventive clarinetists in jazz and improvised music” (Downbeat), “an artist who seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path.” (NPR).

Sunday, April 5, 2020


A Jazz Approach to Classic Symphonic and Chamber Music Themes

What if Béla Bartók wrote “Bye Bye Blackbird”? What if Charlie Parker wrote a prelude in E, or Sun Ra, a symphony in C? We may never know, but five Bay Area voices return to Maybeck to groove, swing, and do their thing over themes by Bach, Bartok, Satie, Tchaikovsky, and others. Chamber jazz from the heart!

This will be a live recording session! After a brief pause, the audience is welcome to stay and listen to any alternate takes that might transpire.

Darren Johnston – trumpet
Matt Renzi – clarinet, tenor sax, English horn
Adam Shulman – piano
Eric Vogler – upright bass
Jon Arkin - drums

Sunday, March 29, 2020


Concert Program:
Hyo-shin Na - Rain Study
                        Great Noise
Frederic Rzewski - Which Side Are You On?
                                     Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
Franz Schubert - 3 Piano Pieces, D. 946

Thomas Schultz has established an international reputation both as an interpreter of music from the classical tradition – particularly Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt – and as one of the leading exponents of the music of our time. Among his recent engagements are solo recitals in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Paris, Ghent, Seoul, Taipei and Kyoto, and at the Schoenberg Festival in Vienna, the Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles, Korea’s Tongyoung Festival, the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento and the April in Santa Cruz Festival.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Program Change: Elizabeth Dorman, piano and Angela Lee, cello

Pianist Elizabeth Dorman and cellist Angela Lee team up to present an afternoon of Beethoven and more!

Praised by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for her “crisp, brightly finished” playing and her “elegance and verve,” pianist Elizabeth Dorman received the 2017 Father Merlet Award from Pro Musicis and was a finalist in the 2018 Leipzig International Bach Competition. Appearances in the 2018-2019 season include Leipzig Chamber Orchestra and Folsom Lake Symphony, solo recitals in Washington, California, and New York, chamber music performances with principal players from the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics as well as members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Elizabeth Dorman & Angela Lee at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Gaucho at the Maybeck

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 at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 09, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players: Midwinter Beethoven Festival Concert

Members of the Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players honoring Beethoven's 250th Birthday with a Midwinter Beethoven Festival Concert. Paul Schrage, Pianist and Musical Director/Conductor of the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Robin Hansen, Concertmaster, Ani Bukujian, violinist, Elizabeth Prior, violist, and Eric Gaenslen, cellist, all perform with the Midsummer Mozart Festival, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and are frequent Chamber Players together.

Concert Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Seven Variations on "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 (1801)

Eric Gaenslen, Cello
Paul Schrage, Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 (1821)

Paul Schrage, Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 (1825)
I. Assai sostenuto - Allegro
II. Allegro ma non tanto
III. Molto adagio - Andante
IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace (attacca)
V. Allegro appassionato

Robin Hansen, Ani Bukujian, Violin
Elizabeth Prior, Viola
Eric Gaenslen, Cello

Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players at the Maybeck
Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

SonoTriette: French Chanson of 20th Century Paris

SonoTriette is three members from French Music Group SonoMusette. Featuring Parisian singer Mimi Pirard, SonoTriette authentically recreates the evocative and moody sound of the music scene of mid-1900s Paris.

Performing songs made famous by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Charles Trenet, and other iconic performers of the era, SonoMusette taps that nostalgia with artistry in vocals and instrumentation.
SonoTriette's renditions of these timeless French classics provide a freshness and excitement that is contemporary, yet faithful to the spirit and tradition of the original versions.

SonoTriette at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$20 Students

Seating is limited. Only 2 Reservations Left!  Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Lang/Rainwater Duo in Concert - Balancing the Scales


The Lang/Rainwater Duo presents a program called Balancing the Scales. This is part of their long-term commissiong project for trombone and piano that focuses on underrepresented communities in the low brass world. Featured composers include Jessica Rudman, Quinn Mason, Johannes Brahms, Arvo Pärt, Robert Schumann, and two new commissions by Alex Temple and Anne Hege. Anne Hege is a local Bay Area resident and will be in attendance at the show.

Lang/Rainwater at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$20 Students

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Miro Sprague & Daniel Rotem : Lyrical Jazz Duo

Miro Sprague (piano) and Daniel Rotem (tenor saxophone) are dynamic and expressive jazz performers/composers with a wide range of national and international touring experience, including performances with Herbie Hancock, Karrin Allyson, Greg Osby and many others. Since 2014 they have worked together frequently, developing an intuitive and effortless musical rapport. This duo performance will feature original music by Sprague and Rotem, unique interpretations of jazz standards and free improvisations.

Miro Sprague & Daniel Rotem
 at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Telegraph Quartet Premieres W.A. Mathieu’s Second String Quartet

This one hour concert is the premiere of composer W.A. Mathieu's Second String Quartet. Born in 1937 pianist, composer, author, and teacher, Mathieu is one of the most influential musicians of his generation. He began recording solo piano albums in 1980. He has composed a large variety of chamber pieces, choral works, and song cycles, and has written four books on music. He now devotes himself to practice, performance, recording, composition, teaching, and writing from his home near Sebastopol, California.

The Telegraph Quartet was formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber repertoire and for 20th and 21st century chamber music. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept . . . with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” Telegraph was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Past prizes include the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has gone on to perform in concert halls, music festivals and academic institutions from Los Angeles and New York to Italy and Taiwan, including Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Recital Hall and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Masters Series, and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall, and the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. The Quartet is currently on the chamber music faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as their Quartet-in-Residence.

Telegraph Quartet at the Maybeck
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Ensemble San Francisco

ESF returns to Maybeck Studio: pianist Elizabeth Schumann, violinist Rebecca Jackson, cellist Jonah Kim, and guest artist, violist Jessica Chang perform Beethoven G Major String Trio, Adam Birnbaum's Moonbeams, and Faure G Minor Piano Quartet.

“A hip, unstuffy, and malleable group of high-quality chamber musicians who are dedicated to fresh programming” raves the SF Classical Voice, “Ensemble San Francisco seems welcoming, warm, and well-positioned to expand not only its repertoire of high-quality performances, but also its circle of friendship.”

Ensemble San Francisco is a society of musicians committed to changing the face of chamber music and introducing new audiences to classical music through innovative and dynamic performances. Additionally, ESF is dedicated to bringing world class music to schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, donating their time to share their love of chamber music with the community.

Ensemble San Francisco at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 08, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $30 General Admission

Seating is limited.  Get your tickets here.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Audrey Vardanega Plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Part I

All-Beethoven Program:
"Les Adieux" Sonata No. 26 Opus 81A
Sonata Opus 10 No. 2
"Funeral March" Sonata Opus 26

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 “bewitching musical presence” (The Piedmont Post), Audrey Vardanega has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist across Europe, China, and the United States. She has received instruction from notable artists including Leon Fleisher, Thomas Adés, Gidon Kremer, Robert Levin, Miriam Fried, and Jonathan Biss. She currently studies piano with Richard Goode. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Musaics of the Bay, a nonprofit chamber music series dedicated to music mentorship in the Bay Area. 2019 highlights include her participation in Argentina’s New Docta Music Festival in August 2019, her two-part Beethoven Piano Sonata Project at the Berkeley Maybeck Studios, and the launch of Musaics of the Bay, a concert series and mentorship initiative founded by Audrey in the Bay Area.

Audrey Vardanega at the Maybeck
Saturday, December 07, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $30 General Admission

Seating is limited.  Get your tickets here. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Steve Adams/Ken Filiano Duo

Steve Adams (woodwinds) and Ken Filiano (bass) will present the latest chapter in their 40 year musical friendship, presenting original compositions and improvisations drawing on their entire history.

Steve Adams of the Rova Sax Quartet and virtuoso bassist Ken Filiano have performed together for over 40 years, with five recordings released. Their unique rapport suffuses both their original compositions and improvisations.

Steve Adams/Ken Filiano Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students & Seniors

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wooden Fish Ensemble Plays Asian Folk Music and Hyo-shin Na's Music

Japanese folk song
Beauty of Yamagata Beauty of Yamagata

Korean folk song
Song of Contentment

Music of Hyo-shin Na
Great Noise for piano solo (2019)
Koto, Piano II (2016)
Melody of Wave II for shinobue (Japanese bamboo flute) and koto (Japanese zither) (2018)
Night Procession of the Hundred Demons for koto (2011)
Rain Study for piano solo (1999)

The Wooden Fish Ensemble presents concerts of music and musicians from a variety of cultural and national backgrounds working together in a collaborative way. The Ensemble has presented concerts of traditional music from Asia and new music by a diverse group of composers that includes John Cage, Christian Wolff, Frederic Rzewski, Morton Feldman, Hyo-shin Na, Boudewijn Buckinx and Walter Zimmermann. They have given numerous world premieres.

Wooden Fish Ensemble at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students and Seniors

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sonya and Elizabeth Schumann: Enoch Arden

Enoch Arden

Poetry by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Music by Richard Strauss

Narrator: Sonya Schumann
Pianist: Elizabeth Schumann

Enoch Arden is an epic melodrama, an elaborate tale of tragic loss and noble self denial. Originally published as a poem in 1864 by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the words were set to music in 1897 by Richard Strauss. The resulting dialogue between narrator and pianist weaves a poignant story of friendship, love, separation, and sacrifice.

Sonya & Elizabeth Schumann at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is FREE

Seating is limited.  Get your tickets here.