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, January 20, 2019

Redwood Tango Ensemble - Contemporary Tango Composition

Redwood Tango Ensemble presents the music of tango legend Astor Piazzolla, as well as new works by contemporary tango composers Diego Schissi, Julian Peralta, Daniel Ruggiero, and original works from their recent album "Prizefighter".

Redwood Tango Ensemble is a leading North American sextet dedicated to contemporary tango music. Known for visceral and powerful stage performances and innovative original music, Redwood Tango Ensemble is a singular voice within the new generation of cutting edge tango composition and future-driven chamber music in North America.

Redwood Tango Ensemble at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 20, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Anne Rainwater: Dark Humor

This solo piano set is entitled "Dark Humor" and explores the contrast between superficial and grim musical comedy. It features works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, György Ligeti, Ann Cleare, J.S. Bach, and Salvatore Sciarrino.

Oakland-based pianist Anne Rainwater is a dexterous musician known for her vibrant interpretations of works from J.S. Bach to John Zorn. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner) and “bright golden honeycomb for a brain” (Roy Doughty, poet), she appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator.

Anne Rainwater at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 13, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$20 Students & Seniors

Sunday, December 16, 2018

B3LLA Trio: An Afternoon of Beethoven Piano Trios

B3LLA is back to help celebrate all that happened in 2018 with you. The year's events and all of the emotions that went with it are timelessly captured in Beethoven's piano trios - tragedy, humor, melancholy and sheer joy. Experience them together with B3LLA in the intimate historic Maybeck this December.

B3LLA at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $40 General Admission/$20 Students & Seniors

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Mooncake Trio - three ladies from three continents

Compositions and improvisations by Biggi Vinkeloe, Motoko Honda, Emily Hay.

Hailing from varying backgrounds and 3 different continents, the female music trio "Mooncake" consists of Swedish-based saxophonist/flutist Biggi Vinkeloe, flutist/vocalist Emily Hay from Southern California and Japanese born pianist/sound artist Motoko Honda who now lives in Oakland. Hay and Honda have collaborated as a duo together since 2009 and the Mooncake trio developed when they invited Vinkeloe to join them for some concerts in San Francisco several years ago which led to new friendships and genre busting and unique musical explorations.

Mooncake Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 09, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students & Seniors 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ensemble San Francisco - SOLD OUT

Elizabeth Schumann, Piano
Rebecca Jackson, Violin
Matt Young, Viola
Jonah Kim, Cello

Schumann Piano Quartet and more...

"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 was founded in early 2013 and draws its musicians from the SF Symphony, Ballet, and Opera orchestras and beyond.

In addition to its mainstage performances, ESF musicians generously donate their time to share their love of chamber music with children, youth, and elders through performances at schools, detention centers, hospitals, and nursing homes.

Ensemble San Francisco at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 02, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Audrey Vardanega in Recital - SOLD OUT

Beethoven Piano Sonata Opus 101
Bach Partita No. 2 in C Minor

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), 21 year-old pianist and composer Audrey Vardanega was born and raised in Oakland, California and began her piano studies at the age of six with Araks Aghazarian. She began formal piano training with Robert Schwartz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2002 to 2013 as well as formal composition training with Arkadi Serper at the Berkeley Crowden School from 2004 to 2013. Her past instructors include Seymour Lipkin, Jeremy Siepmann, Christopher Elton and Victor Rosenbaum. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music at Mannes The New School under the tutelage of Richard Goode. Vardanega earned her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. Along with five other internationally selected pianists, Vardanega participated in the Carnegie Hall Workshops with Jonathan Biss in February 2017, exploring late piano works by Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert. She participated as a fellow in the Ravinia Stean's Music Institute in the Summer 2017.

Audrey Vardanega at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Miro Sprague: Solo Piano

Miro Sprague is a jazz pianist and composer based in Los Angeles and New York City. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, Miro was mentored by Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock and he has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas.

This solo piano performance will feature Miro's original compositions, creative arrangements of jazz standards, and free improvisations.

Miro Sprague at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission

Sunday, October 14, 2018

the pickPocket ensemble: Contemporary chamber café music

the pickPocket ensemble will be performing all original instrumental songs, inspired by folk and cafe music from around the world, including many brand new pieces.

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 also toured internationally and has released several works of original music. Music of the ensemble has been featured in several films, and on NPR and public television.

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, October 14, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Chris Brown: Retrospectacles CD Release Concert

Retrospectacles is a double-CD retrospective of works for piano and interactive computer composed, programmed and performed by the Bay Area experimentalist composer Chris Brown. It showcases recordings made between the 1990's to 2016 of compositions that explore evolving paradigms of human-machine interaction through live signal processing, generative polyrhythmic textures, and a cohabitation of both formal control and indeterminacy. Three pieces from the release will be performed at this concert, including ‘Retrospectacles’ (2003) and the premiere of a new version of ‘Shuffle’ (2007). Retrospectacles is one of four premiere releases on fo’c’sle, a newly founded label for experimental music based in the Bay Area.

Chris Brown at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 07, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Curium Piano Trio

Kaija Saariaho "Light & Matter" (2014)
Pale Yellow (2003) by Jennifer Higdon (b.1962) Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17

Curium is:
Agnieszka Peszko, violin
Natalie Raney, cello
Rachel Kim, piano

Curium: the 96th element in the periodic table. Discovered in the Bay Area in 1944 and named after the pioneering female scientist, Marie Curie, the element is a symbol of the innovations of female minds, past and present.

Founded in the summer of 2017, the women of Curium piano trio have gained reputations as performers that radiate dynamism and presence. Specializing in performing the music of female composers, they are committed to bringing creative and diverse musical programming to their audiences. The Curium trio highlights the works of women composers and performers alongside traditional piano trio repertoire, and have brought together a community of people with their representation of diversity and women.

Curium was chosen as the 2017 winners of the Barbara Fritz Chamber Music Award. In the summer of 2018, Curium was invited to participate in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar. Curium is a fiscally sponsored affiliate of Intermusic SF.

Curium Piano Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Piano Recital: Shir Semmel - Sold Out

Janacek – Sonata 1.X.1905 (From the Street) JW 8/19
Schumann – Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
Bartok – Sonata Sz. 80
Beethoven – Sonata in E flat major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”

Hailed as a “wonderful pianist” with “absolute devotion to the music” and “admirable technique” (Globes), pianist Shir Semmel has performed in Europe, the United States, and her native Israel to critical acclaim. Praised for her “unstoppable energy and personality” (timesunionPLUS), her performances have been described as “gripping from beginning to end” (The Jerusalem Post).

Shir Semmel at the Maybeck
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Thomas Schultz plays Rzewski's: "The People United Will Never Be Defeated"

Louis Andriessen - Image De Moreau
Hyo-shin Na - Rain Study 
Frederic Rzewski - The People United Will Never Be Defeated

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 (a series of six recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall between 2004 and 2012, and recitals at the Goethe Institute and Bargemusic), San Francisco, Berlin, Paris, Ghent, Seoul, Busan, Taipei and Kyoto, and at the Schoenberg Festival in Vienna and the Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles. In 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2017 he gave masterclasses on the piano music of the Second Viennese School at the Schoenberg Center in Vienna.

Thomas Schultz at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$20 Students & Seniors

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Katherine Heater - "Scarlatti Carnival: Spinning for Sonatas" - SOLD OUT

Come spin the wheel of fortune and see where it lands. Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) wrote hundreds of keyboard sonatas, of which 555 survive. Katherine Heater, harpsichord, will be offering a selection of these sonatas from which the audience will create the program by chance.

Katherine Heater plays historical keyboards (harpsichord, organ, fortepiano) with many of the Bay Area's early music groups such as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Voices of Music and Musica Pacifica. She has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and at festivals on Whidbey Island, Bloomington, Indiana and Miami. Ms. Heater teaches harpsichord at UC Berkeley and piano at the Crowden Music Center.

Katherine Heater at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 09, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Saturday, August 25, 2018

San Francisco International Piano Festival: Preludes and Transformations

Karol Szymanowski Nine Preludes Op. 1 (1900)
Pawel Mykietyn Four Preludes (1993)
Igor Lipinski, piano

-Brief Pause-

Transcriptions TBA from stage
Chopin, Liszt, Wagner/Liszt, Saint-Saens/Godowsky, Mompou
Jiyang Chen, piano

Igor Lipinski returns to the Maybeck by popular demand to perform music of two brilliant Polish composers, representing bookends of the 20th century. Szymanowski's poetic preludes contrast with Mykietyn's rhythmically driving Preludes, written in 1993.

Jiyang Chen offers an enchanting set of transcriptions and miniatures announced from the stage, celebrating the salon tradition of the 19th century. Jiyang's affinity for this repertoire is perfectly matched by his inimitable style and approach to these gems.

Read more about the San Francisco International Piano Festival here.

Preludes and Transformations at the Maybeck
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Seating is limited.  Purchase advance tickets here.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

San Francisco International Piano Festival: American Gothic

Graham Lynch- Works for solo piano TBA (US Premiere)
Albert Kim, piano
-Brief Pause-
Paul Sanchez- Gothic Atonement: five songs for baritone and piano (World Premiere)
Brandon Hendrickson, baritone
Paul Sanchez, piano

Pianist Albert Kim returns to the Bay Area after his acclaimed debut performances during the 2017 Festival. Presenting the beautifully sculpted miniatures of English composer Graham Lynch, Albert shares some of these gems with American audiences for the first time.

Composer/pianist Paul Sanchez has established himself not only as a virtuoso pianist and first rate chamber musician, but also an inspired composer. Paul's newest song cycle receives its world premiere performance featuring the composer at the piano and Brandon Hendrickson, hailed by Opera News for his "mellifluous...beautiful baritone..."

Read more about the San Francisco International Piano Festival here.

American Gothic at the Maybeck
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Seating is limited.   Purchase advance tickets here.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ethan Ostrow: Solo

Coming off of his debut album release, Ethan Ostrow brings a unique solo piano set to Maybeck! The music is comprised of his own compositions, re-interpretations of standards, and fresh takes on everything from Musical Theatre to Stevie Wonder. Ethan's music is heavily rooted in Jazz, but inspired by funk, Hip-Hop, and everything in between.

Ostrow's original compositions are dynamic, passionate, 
and gorgeous. - East Bay Express

Ethan Ostrow at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission/$10 Students  

Seating is limited.  Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Stephanie Bruce: True Stories - CANCELLED

Stephanie will be presenting a program of original songs, and arrangements of familiar material. Her music is the result of an eclectic mix of influences, including jazz, folk, classical, pop, and Brazilian, strong on thoughtful lyrics. Several songs are from a musical theater piece, still in progress, that she is writing with pianist/composer Jonathan Alford. Stephanie will be singing with pianist, Jonathan Alford, and bassist, Paul Smith.

Stephanie Bruce has been performing and teaching in the Bay Area for nearly 40 years. She has produced 3 CDs, and appeared in many venues, including Yoshi's, The California Jazz Conservatory, Jazz at the Chimes, to name a few. She has been teaching all aspects of singing for over 3 decades, including 10 years at CJC.

Stephanie Bruce at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert has been CANCELLED

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pianist Karin Kei Nagano - SOLD OUT

Born in Berkeley, California in 1998, pianist Karin Kei Nagano began studying piano at age 3 and has worked with the internationally celebrated late Germaine Mounier, Igor Lazko, Colette Zerah, Peter Frankland Rita Wagner.

In March 2017, Karin released her second recording featuring Bach’s Inventions & Sinfonies, BWV 772-801. Her first highly acclaimed disc, including two of Mozart’s early piano concertos, Nos. 12 & 13, was recorded with the Cecilia Quartet and released in 2014. Both recordings are on the Analekta label.

Olivier Messiaen: La Première Communion de la Vierge
Claude Debussy: Estampes
Franz Schubert: Sonata in B flat Major D 960

Karin Kei Nagano at the Maybeck
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 at 7:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission  

Seating is limited. This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Troika Trio: Larry London, Victor Romasevich, Arkadi Serper

Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio, for viola, clarinet and piano, is probably the finest composition for this combination and is one of Mozart’s masterpieces in chamber music. It was commissioned by Anton Stadler, a clarinetist and friend of Mozart. “Kegelstatt” refers to a place where skittles, a form of bowling, is played. Between rounds of skittles, Mozart wrote a number of compositions, mainly duos for French horns; and although this “Trio” was probably not written in that setting, the title was later added by publishers. It was first performed at the home of the Jacquin family, friends of Mozart, with Mozart on viola, Stadler on clarinet, and Franziska Jacquin, Mozart’s student, on piano. (see more below)

The Troika Trio is composer, arranger and performer Larry London, violinist Victor Romasevich and pianist and composer Arkadi Serper.

Troika Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 03, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $30 General Admission  

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Anyssa Neumann in Recital

Program to include music by Bach, Dallapiccola, Granados, and Wagner-Liszt

Raised in Sacramento and now based in the UK, pianist Anyssa Neumann has been praised for the “clarity, charm, and equipoise” of her performances, which span solo and collaborative repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century. In December 2010, she released her solo debut album of works by Bach, Beethoven, Messiaen, and Prokofiev, which was then featured on David Dubal’s radio program The Piano Matters in New York and Chicago.

Anyssa Neumann at the Maybeck
Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission/$10 Students

Seating is limited.  Get your required online reservation here.