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 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

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, 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 3, 2019

Monica Pasqual Solo: Songs & Stories

In recent years Monica has been writing essays and memoir as well as writing and recording albums, including her brand new release, "You Can't Kill Light", winner of 3 Independent Music Awards.

In a rare solo performance, Pasqual will read stories and sing songs about life, wonder, beauty and loss in times of love and war.

“There’s a rare elegance and subtle drama to her lyrics. The melodies sway and soar, haunting in one moment, majestic in the next...Every track is a gem. Pasqual is very special artist, exploring love, loss and life in profoundly moving ways. To know her music is to love it. Far more people should get to know it." -Paul Freeman, Pop Culture Classics

Monica Pasqual at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 03, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

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

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Matt Renzi New York Quartet

Matt Renzi returns to Maybeck Recital Hall with his longtime trio of twenty years (Dave Ambrosio and Russ Meissner) alongside Leonard Thompson on piano. The program will feature new compositions written by all members of the band as well as songs from their previous recordings including “Moments In Time.”

Multi-reedist Matt Renzi has been performing professionally for the past 20 years at international jazz festivals and music venues worldwide. For the past decade, he has been recognized multiple times by jazz organizations in Italy, Spain, Belgium, India and Israel as well as in the United States for his advanced concepts in spontaneous group composition and collective improvisation with The Matt Renzi Trio.

Matt Renzi New York Quartet at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Ross Hammond and Jay Nair

Ross Hammond and Jay Nair blend Indian Classical Music with American Roots and Blues music to make a sound all their own. 

Their record is "Songs of Universal Peace (2018 Prescott Recordings)."

"Drawing freely from Hindustani classical, delta blues and jazz without being bound by them, what’s noteworthy about Songs of Universal Peace is how naturally Hammond and Nair blend these traditions and depart from them." 
-Isaac Olson, Dusted Magazine 

"Today's recommendation...Spiritual music fusing the traditions of India and Appalachia..." 
-Ted Gioia 

"Prepare to be moved." 
-Alex Cline, percussionist 

"OK, it isn't jazz, but this might be the most beautiful thing I've heard this new millennium." 
-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz 

"There’s a meditative quality to the songs, which mix elements including raga, Americana and jazz." 
-Aaron Carnes, Sacramento Bee 

"...improvisational music influenced by Appalachian folk and Indian devotional musics." 
-The Union (Nevada County)

Ross Hammond and Jay Nair at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 06, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Tessa Seymour and Miles Graber at the Maybeck

London-based cellist Tessa Seymour returns to the Maybeck Studio to give a recital with pianist Miles Graber in a programme that will feature works of the 20th-century cello-piano repertoire, including music by composers Shostakovich, Pärt, and Poulenc, among others.

Tessa Seymour and Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 05, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Seating is limited.  Get your tickets here.

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 Beethoven sonata Op. 30 #2, Schubert sonatina in D major Op. 137, and Brahms sonata in d minor Op. 108.

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 - SOLD OUT

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 SOLD OUT

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