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, 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.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

RossoRose Duo: Auerbach, Stravinsky and Prokofiev: Works for Violin and Piano

Lera Auerbach: selections from 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano

Igor Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano

Sergei Prokofiev: Violin and Piano Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a

Formed in 2015 by two Bay Area based musicians who have both forged impressive national and international careers, RossoRose Duo specializes in bringing to life the entire range of violin and piano duet repertoire, from baroque to the most modern, no era is off limits. Featuring violinist Alisa Rose and pianist Amy Zanrosso, RossoRose draws from their classical training as well as their experience with a variety of other musical styles to deliver their very own unique, expressive and powerful performances.

RossoRose Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students and Seniors

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Nato: Béla Bartók Solo Violin Sonata

In 1944, Béla Bartók completed his final work, the
Solo Violin Sonata, Sz. 117. Written for virtuoso
Yehudi Menuhin, it was premiered in New York in
September that same year. And it has been
challenging violinists ever since. Written around
the same time as Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra,
the Solo Sonata presents some of the finest
musical ideas from the modern classical era. In
addition, Nato will be presenting Eugene Ysaÿe’s
Sonata No. 2 from the Six Solo Sonatas for Violin,
Op. 27, in addition to the delightful Solo Sonata
from Sergei Prokofiev, Op. 115, written for violin
alone, or for many synchronous violins.

Nato at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Helene Zindarsian & Kerrilyn Renshaw: Journey of a Rose ~ Tales from the Garden and Beyond

Come along with us this afternoon as we trace the steps of the journey of a rose...she will reveal her dreams and her loves, and will take you to visit some of the roads that she has traveled along the way...

Music by Edvard Grieg, Stefano Donaudy, Carlos Guastavino, George Gershwin, 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 & Kerrilyn Renshaw at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Ellie Kanayama & Miles Graber: Piano and Violin

Music for violin and piano, featuring the sonata in c minor Op. 30 #2 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Ellie Kanayama currently studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin, majoring in violin performance under Prof. Mark Gothoni. She has received top prizes in competitions, including Youngarts, VOCE, Etude Club of Berkeley, American String Teacher Association, as well as concerto competitions with Fremont Symphony, and Young People’s Symphony Orchestra. Kanayama is also a recipient of the Jacqueline Freiger Music Scholarship, and plays on a violin on loan from the Chimei Museum of Taiwan. In the past years, she has studied with violinist Aaron Rosand at Summit Music Festival, participated in the Young Artists Program of Yellow Barn Music Festival, and was invited to join the NYO USA in 2017. This summer she participated in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford, Savonlinna Music Academy in Finland, and Sommerakademie Bad Leonfelden in Austria.

Ellie Kanayama & Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Robert Howard & Evan Kahn "Ouroboros: Duo Cello Concert"

Barriere: Sonata for 2 cellos (10')
Nina C. Young: Ainsi Soit-Il for solo cello (Evan) (5')
Akshaya Tucker: new Hindustani piece for solo cello (Robert) (7')
Boccherini: Sonata in A major (10')
Barry Guy: "Red Shift" for 2 cellos (12')
Gabrieli: Fugue for 2 Cellos (2')
John Zorn: Ouroboros for 2 cellos (11')
Smooth Criminal (encore) (4')

Robert Howard & Evan Kahn at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 08, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, August 24, 2019

3rd Annual San Francisco International Piano Festival Presents Gems from the Salon & Prokofiev's 8th

Jiyang Chen enchanted audiences with his stylish and improvisatory playing at last year's Maybeck Concerts, and his return performance is not to be missed. 

Albert Kim created a sensation with his performance of Ravel and Rachmaninoff during the inaugural festival of 2017; now he returns to perform Prokofiev's epic 8th Sonata written amidst the turmoil of the 2nd World War. 

Program to include:

Selections by Chopin, Glinka, Mompou, Tchaikovsky, & Rachmaninoff 
Jiyang Chen, piano 

Prokofiev Sonata No.8 in B-Flat Op.84 
I. Andante dolce 
II. Andante sognando 
III. VIvace 

Albert Kim, piano

San Francisco International Piano Festival at the Maybeck
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $30 General Admission 

Seating is limited. Purchase tickets here.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Cornell Quartet: Haydn, Britten, Purcell

Based out of Oberlin, Ohio, the Cornell Quartet is a group of classically trained string musicians each pursuing an undergraduate degree in performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In the Summer of 2018 they participated as a fellowship quartet at the Credo Music festival in Oberlin, working closely with the nationally renowned Arianna String Quartet and other Credo faculty. The Cornell Quartet studies with former Pacifica Quartet violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson, and has performed in masterclasses with Joel Krosnick, Richard Aaron, Merry Peckham, the Doric String Quartet, Cuarteto Cassals, and the Brentano Quartet. In 2018, they premiered “And So I Looked to the River” by composer Jessica Hunt at the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Festival and did an eight concert West Coast tour. During the summer of 2019, they will be attending Encore Chamber Music Festival as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Music Institute. When they are not rehearsing, the quartet can be found playing cards or holding discussions about which flavor of Oreo is best.

String Quartet Op. 20 No. 4 in D Major - Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Allegro di molto
Un poco adagio affetuoso 
Minuet allegretto zingarese 
Presto e scherzando

-Æ Rømeser (Arr. for String Quartet) - Traditional

-The Dromer (Arr. for String Quartet) - Traditional


-Fantasy in F Major, Z. 737 - Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

-String Quartet No. 2 in C Major - Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Allegro calmo

Cornell Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, August 18, 2019. Doors 2:30pm, Concert 3:00pm
This concert is $10-20 Sliding Scale 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

3rd Annual San Francisco International Piano Festival Presents Eunmi Ko & Igor Lipinski

Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op.118 
Matthew Schreibeis: Inner truth 
Lansing McLoskey: Hypnagogique 
Anthony Green: Fanatic 

Eunmi Ko, piano 

Bach-Busoni: Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ, 
Chopin: Prelude, Op. 28 No. 2 
Ligeti: Music Ricercata, No. 2 
Zbigniew Preisner: Les Marionettes 
Wagner-Liszt: Liebestod

Igor Lipinski, piano

Join us for a magical afternoon at the Maybeck Studio where Eunmi Ko will perform late music of Brahms and an exciting array of new works by Matthew Schreibeis, Lansing McLoskey, and Anthony Green. After intermission, Igor Lipinski returns to the Maybeck by popular demand with a curated set of masterpieces that inspired great film makers such as Bergman, Kubrick, Tarkowsky, Pawlikowski, and more.

San Francisco International Piano Festival at the Maybeck
Saturday, August 17, 2019. Doors 2:30pm, Concert 3:00pm
This concert is $30 General Admission 

Seating is limited.   Purchase tickets here.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Telegraph Quartet with Clarinetist Marco Bonfigli

Carl Maria von Weber
Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 34

Benjamin Britten
String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36 (1945)

The Telegraph Quartet was formed in 2013 with equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire as well as contemporary and non-standard repertoire, alike. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2017 as “…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept… with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” the Telegraph Quartet recently released their debut album Into the Light featuring works by Webern, Britten and Leon Kirchner.

Telegraph Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, July 14, 2019. Doors 2:30pm, Concert 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Solomon Gottfried's New York Quintet

Solomon Gottfried presents an afternoon of new compositions written and to be performed by some of New York City's prolific young Jazz musicians and improvisers. With a wide range of influences from Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk to Olivier Messieh and Carla Bley, this band will be exploring various sonic palettes, textures, and rhythms.

Sergio Tabanico - Tenor Sax
Evan Abounassar - Trumpet
Anthony Pearlman - Piano
Solomon Gottfried - Bass
Jacob Patrone - Drums

Solomon Gottfried at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 30, 2019. Doors 2:30pm, Concert 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Nisene Trio: Summer Musical Savories

Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Opus 8 by Johannes Brahms
I. Allegro con brio
II. Scherzo—Allegro molto
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Allegro

Piano Trio in c minor, Opus 1 No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
I. Allegro con brio

Estaciones Portenas by Astor Piazzolla
Verano Porteno
Primavera Portena
Otono Porteno

the Nisene Trio is:
Cynthia Baehr, violin
Kristin Garbeff, cello
Kumiko Uyeda, piano

Nisene Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 23, 2019. Doors 2:30pm, Concert 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Metamorphosis. Pianist Omri Shimron - CANCELLED

Bach, Partita No. 6, BWV 830
Glass, Metamorphosis One
Schubert, Impromptu in C minor, Op. 90, No. 1
Wiesenberg, Metamorphosis II (2007)

Omri Shimron is Coordinator of Piano and Assistant Professor of Music at Cal State East Bay in Hayward, California. In July 2019, he will coordinate a new course for the CSU Summer Arts program titled “Interpreting French Piano Music.” From 2013-2017 he taught an international group of students at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival at the University of South Florida, Tampa. His solo CD, featuring Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” was released in 2014. Shimron has given recitals across the United States as well as in Italy, Turkey, Israel, France, and England. He frequently presents lecture-recitals for the College Music Society, and has performed at many colleges and universities, including San Francisco State, Duke, Arizona State, Virginia Tech, and Gettysburg College. He has adjudicated for Music Teachers Association of California, the North Carolina MTA and many others. Previously, he taught at Elon University, Hillsdale College, and Eastern Mediterranean University.

Omri Shimron at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 09, 2019. 

This concert has been cancelled by the artist due to injury. 
We look forward to having Omri back next season. 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Rob Reich Trio

Rob Reich returns to the Maybeck in trio with Ben Goldberg (clarinet) and Daniel Fabricant (bass) to perform a set of original chamber jazz. Reich's music finds inspiration in circus music and Tin Pan Alley, refracted through a contemporary chamber music lens and weaving free improvisation in with composed elements.

Rob Reich has performed in concert halls, circus tents, dance clubs, and chapels. This breadth of experience has made him a foremost performer and composer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's best known for his work with Tin Hat, Gaucho, and Circus Bella.

Rob Reich Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 02, 2019. Doors 2:30pm, Concert 3:00pm
This concert is $10-20 Sliding Scale General Admission 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Dian Zhang and Yi-Fang Wu

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano
No.3 in E-Flat Major, Op.12 No.3
Alberto Ginastera: Danzas Argentinas (Piano Solo)
Joan Tower: Second String Force (Violin Solo)
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A major, Op. 100

Please join us for a very special afternoon program of classical piano and violin with Yi-Fang Wu and Dian Zhang. Yi-Fang has performed at the Eastern Music Festival, The Quartet Program, Miami Music Festival, and International Music Festival and Workshop in Germany. Dian Zhang joined the first violin section of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in the Fall of 2017. Prior to his appointment with the Opera, Dian served as concertmaster of the Shepherd School Symphony, Chamber and Opera orchestras. As a chamber musician, Dian has appeared with both the Context and Syzygy music series in Houston and has also performed in Baltimore, New York as well as in Canada, Brazil, Spain, Austria and the UK.

Dian Zhang and Yi-Fang Wu at the Maybeck
Sunday, May 19, 2019. Doors 2:30pm, Concert 3:00pm
This concert is FREE.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Pianist Larry Vuckovich

Larry Vuckovich returns to Maybeck once again and will do a program of surprises –selections that are seldom heard, including the ones he hasn’t played in a while. 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.

Vuckovich just received a lifetime achievement award from his home country, the former Yugoslavia.  He will be honored in August at the Nišville Festival in Serbia (8/8/19 - 8/11/19). The Award will honor his legacy of being the only jazz musician from the former Yugoslavia, who has resided and performed with numerous greats in the US for over 60 years. Larry is scheduled to appear at the Nišville Festival in Serbia as a guest soloist with the big band. Larry will also present a jazz piano workshop.

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, May 5, 2019. Doors 2:30pm, Concert 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Lydian String Quartet

Harbison String Quartet No. 6
Harbison/Young "Thanks,Victor!" (written for the Lydian String Quartet)
Ravel String Quartet

From its beginning in 1980, the Lydian String Quartet (Andrea Segar and Judith Eissenberg, violins; Mark Berger, viola; Joshua Gordon, cello) has been acclaimed by audiences and critics across the USA and abroad for embracing the full range of the string quartet repertory with curiosity, virtuosity, and dedication to the highest artistic ideals of music making. In its formative years, the quartet studied repertoire with Robert Koff, a founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet who had joined the Brandeis University faculty in 1958. Forging a personality of their own, the Lydians were awarded top prizes in international string quartet competitions, including Evian, Portsmouth and Banff, culminating in 1984 with the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music. 

Lydian String Quartet at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Doors 2:30pm, Concert 3:00pm
This concert is $30 General Admission

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Michèle Walther and Georgianna Krieger – A Journey of Innovative and Soulful Music

Join violinist Michèle Walther, saxophonist Georgianna Krieger and percussionist Renaye Brown for an adventure of innovative, soulful, and “truly magnificent” original music. Their compositions and improvisations navigate the inner spaces between jazz, classical, world and minimal music; together they create a performance that is melodic, joyful, and deeply emotional.

Michèle Walther: violin, composition, live looping, electronics, voice
Georgianna Krieger: saxophones, composition

Michele Walther and Georgianna Krieger at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students, Seniors & Artists 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Monica Scott, Audrey Vardanega, and Hannah Tarley: An Afternoon of Piano Trios

An Afternoon of Piano Trios

Beethoven Piano Trio Opus 70 No. 2
Schumann Fantasiestucke for Piano, Cello, and Violin Opus 88

Monica Scott has performed throughout the United States, in almost every European country, Argentina, Canada and South Korea, engaging audiences with her energetic, eloquent playing.  An avid chamber musician and soloist, 23-year-old pianist and composer Audrey Vardanega has performed widely across the United States, China, and Europe. American violinist Hannah Tarley began playing the violin at age two. She is a winner of Astral’s 2018 National Auditions, as well as the 3rd Prize winner of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition.

An Afternoon of Piano Trios at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Seating is limited.  Purchase advance tickets here.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Monica da Silva & Chad Alger's Complicated Animals

Monica da Silva is a multilingual singer and songwriter. She grew up living back and forth between the Midwest, United States, and the Amazon Rainforest area of Brazil. Her music combines her cultures and experiences to form her signature sound, which incorporates Bossa Nova, and International influences. She and her fiancé and guitarist Chad Alger perform together. da Silva sings in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French, and adds accents of flute and melodica throughout their arrangements. Acontece Magazine called their sound "the future of bossa nova with the face of youth today".

da Silva's song 'Soldado de Amor' was nominated for a 2018 International Brazilian Press Award, and was featured in the Paramount Network series 'American Woman'. Her songs are also featured in the Golden Globe winning movie 'Lady Bird', on the Putumayo World Music compilation 'Brazilian Beat', in The World Cup, and in the BBC One series 'The Replacement.’

Monica da Silva & Chad Alger's at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students