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 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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Klein Competition Laureates: Violinists Lauren Siess and Ariel Horowitz

We're delighted to feature more Klein Competition laureates at the wonderful Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts. This duo of Juilliard undergradates – violinist Ariel Horowitz (Klein 4th Prize 2015) and violist Lauren Siess (Klein Semifinalist 2014) – shares a passion for music of the present. This special recital tour of the Bay Area, Portland and Ashland, OR, Washington, D.C., and New York City will feature a commissioned work for violin and viola by Joel Phillip Friedman, and the Berkeley performance will be the world premiere! Their program also includes works by twentieth and twenty-first century composers Benedikt Brydern, Bela Bartók, and Joan Tower.

Klein Competition Laureates: Lauren Siess and Ariel Horowitz at the Maybeck
Saturday, August 20 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Steve Adams/Scott Walton Duo's CD Release Party

Steve Adams and Scott Walton will be playing pieces from their new CD "Cookies for Cyrano." They will also play their suite of pieces by Ornette Coleman in tribute to the late jazz giant.

The Steve Adams/Scott Walton Duo has been performing since 2013, and are now releasing their first recording, “Cookies for Cyrano” on the pfMENTUM label. Steve (saxes, flutes, electronics, composer) is best known as a member of the Rova Sax Quartet, with whom he has played for over twenty five years. Scott Walton is a bassist whose music negotiates the terrain between jazz, free improvisation, and the classical avant-garde, and has performed or recorded with Alex Cline, Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Myra Melford, Nels Cline, George Lewis, John Carter, and Bobby Bradford, among many others.

The Steve Adams/Scott Walton Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday, July 17 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Inner Voice: Works for Viola by Bach, Reger and Brahms

Deanna Badizadegan

Bach Suite No. 3 in C Major
Reger Suite No. 1 in G minor
Brahms Sonata in F minor

For centuries, the rich and beautiful sounds of the viola remained tucked away in ensembles, forgotten between the brilliant tones of the violin and deep sonority of the cello. Only in more recent years has the viola grown to be recognized as a soloistic instrument. Over this time, the world has come to see the viola’s rich tones as deeply beautiful and powerful, with many lauding the instrument for its versatility and its semblance to the human voice. Join violist Deanna Badizadegan to explore this once hidden “inner voice” in an afternoon of works for the viola, accompanied by her teacher and celebrated pianist Paul Hersh.

Deanna Badizadegan at the Maybeck
Saturday, July 16 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ching-Ming Cheng Piano Recital

As a dedicated performer and educator, Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng has made many accomplishments throughout the world. She is an active pianist, collaborative performer and a committed teacher who has an enthusiastic heart for sharing her profession with others.

Joseph Haydn
Frédéric Chopin
Robert Schumann
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Alberto Ginastera

Ching-Ming Cheng at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 26 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $10 General Admission

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sounds Of Love with Ellen Johnson & Jason Martineau

Ellen Johnson and Jason Martineau share a musical dance through songs they love, poetry and free improvisation. From a variety of musical genres they aspire to create a duo experience of creative nuance and connection using songs that speak of the many shades of love.

“Many musicians touch the heart or the mind or the soul, some reach out to more than one of these, only a few appeal to all. Ellen Johnson is clearly one of these select few." – Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journalist International/author of Singing Jazz
"When it comes to shaping wordless gems, Johnson packs as imaginative a wallop as the mighty (Bobby) McFerrin." – Christopher Louden, JazzTimes
Voted Best Female Singer and Best Vocal CD 2015 – 37th Annual Jazz Stations Awards

Ellen Johnson and Jason Martineau at the Maybeck
Saturday, June 25 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Aether Piano Trio & Ensemble Bella Tempo Play Mendelssohn & Dohnányi - SOLD OUT

The Aether Piano Trio comprises Gayle Strang-violin, Angus Davol-'cello, and Bill Rudiak-piano. After performing the Mendelssohn C minor Trio, the members of the trio will be joined by Nico Sayavedra-viola, Alan Shonkoff-clarinet, and Bob Satterford-horn (Ensemble Bella Tempo) in a performance of Dohnányi's Sextet in C Major.

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C minor, op. 66
Ernst von Dohnányi: Sextet in C Major for Violin, Viola, 'Cello, Clarinet, Horn & Piano, op. 37

Aether Piano Trio & Ensemble Bella Tempo at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 12 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $10 Suggested Donation 

This concert is SOLD OUT.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Claudia Villela with Jaques Morelenbaum Soul of Brasil

Claudia and Jaques are friends in Rio de Janeiro since the 80's , when them used to spend hours improvising cello and voice... in this reencounter they will play beautiful songs from the classic Brazilian repertoire and original compositions, all with total spontaneity and a deep reverence to the best Brasil has to offer and dream.

Claudia Villela with Jaques Morelenbaum at the Maybeck
Saturday, June 11 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $30 General Admission

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Tessa Seymour & Miles Graber perform works for cello and piano by Franck, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla

Sonata in D minor, Op. 40 - Shostakovich
Sonata in A Major- Franck
Le Grand Tango - Piazzola

Tessa Seymour & Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Sunday, June 05 2016, 1:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Berkeley native Tessa Seymour was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 16, where she studied with Carter Brey, principal cello of the New York Philharmonic and Peter Wiley of the Guarneri Quartet.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Sophia Ensemble Performs The Kreutzer Sonata

When Beethoven wrote the tempestuous Kreutzer violin sonata in 1803, he had no idea that it would take on a life of its own. Almost a century later, novelist Leo Tolstoy used the sonata as the setting for his short story of the same name. In Tolstoy's version, a suspicious husband encounters his wife performing the Kreutzer sonata with a handsome violinist. Enraged and inspired by the passion of the music that passes between them, he murders her in a jealous rage. Years later, the Czech composer Leoš Janáček spun the dramatic events of the short story into a string quartet, making his own mark on the Kreutzer Sonata.

Join the musicians of the Sophia Ensemble as they explore the themes that inspired three of the world's greatest artists. The Sophia Ensemble is comprised of UC Berkeley students who are also principal musicians from the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. They take their name from Sophia Tolstaya, the wife of Leo Tolstoy.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in A minor, Op. 47 - "Kreutzer"
I. Adagio Sostenuto - Presto

Lucia Petito, violin
Billy Fang, piano

Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"
I. Adagio – Con moto
II. Con moto
III. Con moto – Vivo – Andante
IV. Con moto – (Adagio) – Più mosso

Jason Wu and Beverly Fu, violin
Cindy Wang, viola
Kane Suga, cello

The Sophia Ensemble at the Maybeck
Saturday, June 04, 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $10 Suggested Donation

Sunday, May 22, 2016

CANCELLED! "La Salida del Sol": Afro-Latin Jazz with Lynea Diaz-Hagan, Peter Barshay, and Willie Garza

This concert has been CANCELLED!

In this intimate program of jazz and Latin jazz, Lynea Diaz-Hagan (vocals), Peter Barshay (bass), and Willie Garza (Latin percussion) tell stories through song "griot style" -- connecting the heart of the listener with the heart of the times.

La Salida del Sol at the Maybeck
Sunday, May 22 2016, 3:00pm
This concert has been CANCELLED.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Satoko Fujii Improvised Piano Solo Series Vol.8 : A Tribute to Paul Bley

"She is the Ellington of free jazz."―Bob Rusch, Cadence

“Unpredictable, wildly creative, and uncompromising…Fujii is an absolutely essential listen for anyone interested in the future of jazz." ― Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

“Fujii is clearly one of the most exciting musicians to come along in a while.” ― Robert Iannapollo, Cadence

Critics and fans alike hail Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today. She’s “a virtuoso piano improviser, an original composer and a band-leader who gets the best collaborators to deliver," says John Fordham in The Guardian. In concert and on approximately 80 albums as a leader or co-leader, the Japanese native (now based in Berlin) synthesizes jazz, contemporary classical, avant-rock and Japanese folk music into an innovative music instantly recognizable as hers alone. Fujii tours regularly appearing at festivals and clubs worldwide.

In this completely improvised solo recital, pianist/composer Satoko Fujii pays tribute to her mentor Paul Bley with whom she studied at New England Conservatory. “I was able to find my musical voice because of Paul Bley. He always encouraged me to express my music, and to sound like myself, not like others. It was a real ‘revolution’ in my life.

This concert is one of many special events planned in Europe, North America, and Japan to mark the 20th year of Fujii’s label Libra Records.

Satoko Fujii at the Maybeck
Saturday, May 21 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jones-Burke Duo

Jones-Burke Duo perform Beethoven, Brahms, and John Cage.

Mike Jones and John Burke have been playing the violin-piano repertoire together for over 25 years. In addition they were two/thirds of the trio I Gatti Freschi, and Mike Jones is a member of the Jupiter String Quartet.

Jones-Burke Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday, May 15 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ariana Strahl and Miles Graber: The Hermit Songs

The performance will center on Barber's Hermit Songs, a ten-song cycle based on anonymous poems written by Irish monks and scholars from the 8th to the 13th centuries.

Irish-American Soprano Ariana Strahl has been called ‘the discovery of the night’ (Voralberger Nachrichten) and has been celebrated as a singer with ‘fearless, accurate vocalism’ (Opera Now). Miles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School. 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.

Ariana Strahl and Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Saturday, May 14 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Friday, May 13, 2016

Cypress String Quartet: Salon Series III

Cypress String Quartet Performs:
Salon Series III – May 13, 2016
Program TBA – We invite you to allow us to surprise you!

Cypress String Quartet at the Maybeck
Two Shows - Friday, May 13 is SOLD OUT
Friday, May 20, 2015 is SOLD OUT

Seating is limited to ensure a truly intimate experience. 

Email or call Maggee at (415) 500-2150 with any questions.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ridgeway Arts Presents Vadim Neselovskyi

Pianist, composer, Berklee College of Music professor and former Gary Burton sideman Vadim Neselovskyi kicks off the Ridgeway Presents series with a stellar duo performance with Jeff Denson featuring new compositions, original arrangements and select solo piano pieces. A Ukrainian-born pianist, Vadim was classically trained at conservatories in his native Odessa and in Germany; honed his jazz chops on German jazz stages and at Berklee College of Music; and undertook his apprenticeship around the world as a member of master vibraphonist Gary Burton’s Next Generation Quintet. Burton, who included a number of Neselovskyi compositions in his repertoire, called him “a true genius,” noting “I don’t think I have ever met an improviser who has more surprises in store….” Discover a new jazz voice whose “pianistic power station” displays “virtuosity coupled with passion and soul” (Neue Musik Zeitung).

As part of the Ridgeway Presents program, local young musicians will have the opportunity to work directly with Vadim and present their work during the first portion of the performance.

The Ridgeway Arts Presents program has both a national and local focus, fully integrated with its educational outreach programs. The programs focuses on presenting high profile artists in the Bay Area as well as providing young musicians access to educational opportunists with these artists.

Vadim Neselovskyi at the Maybeck
Saturday, May 7th 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $15-20 General Admission/$10 Students

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Anne Rainwater performs Bach's Goldberg Variations

Bach's canonical Goldberg Variations spans the gamut of technical and musical expression. First published in 1741, it is largely considered one of the most ambitious pieces written for the keyboard. Comprised of an opening aria and followed by thirty variations, it is a deeply visceral work that is electrifying to perform. I am looking forward to sharing it with you this afternoon.

Oakland-based pianist Anne Rainwater is a dexterous musician known for her vibrant interpretations of works from J.S. Bach to John Zorn.

Anne Rainwater at the Maybeck
Sunday, May 1st 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nicholas Phillips: New Playlist

Music for solo piano written in the last 10 years by Stacy Garrop, Judd Greenstein, Nico Muhly, Mark Olivieri, Carter Pann, Jonathan Pieslak, and Sarah Kirkland Snider, plus a brand new work written for the pianist by San Francisco-based composer Lucas Floyd.

Described by the New York Times as an “able and persuasive advocate” of new music, pianist Nicholas Phillips’ playing has been praised for its “bejeweled accuracy” (Fanfare) and as “razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited” (American Records Guide). He maintains an active schedule as a soloist and collaborative artist; recent performances include solo recitals in Korea, Argentina, and Lithuania, as well as dozens of states across the U.S., and an invited performance at the Croatian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Nicholas Phillips at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 30 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $10 General Admission/$5 Students 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Robyn Carmichael: Piano Recital featuring works of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and arrangements by Leopold Godowsky

Pianist Robyn Carmichael's artistry and virtuosity, combined with great depth of interpretation, have caused audiences and critics to praise her "extraordinary poetry" and her "lush, thrilling and intensely personal" performances. In recent years, Ms. Carmichael has been heard in concerts in San Francisco, Berkeley, Chicago, New York and Glasgow, U.K. Ms. Carmichael has toured Poland on three separate occasions and was especially honored to be invited by the International Chopin Society in Warsaw (now The Fryderyk Chopin Insitute) to play concerts at Chopin's birthplace, Zelazowa Wola, and recitals at their headquarters at Ostrogski Palace in Warsaw.

Robyn Carmichael at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 24 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Klein Competition Winners from the Curtis Institute

Kevin Lin, violin; Erika Gray, viola; Oliver Herbert, cello
This trio of recent Klein Competition prizewinners hails from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The group includes violinist Kevin Lin (4th Prize 2013), violist Erika Gray (4th Prize 2015), and cellist Oliver Herbert (1st Prize 2015).

Schubert String Trio in Bb
Kodaly Duo for Violin and Cello
Francaix String Trio
Beethoven String Trio No. 1 in G

Klein Competition Winners at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 23 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission