Can’t Wait to See You Soon

logo_picDear Friends,

The first concert of our new season is almost here.

We are very excited about all of our firsts. It’s the first time we are featuring donated food from fantastic local purveyors — in the case of December 14th, it will be Sanctuary Bistro/Local Love Catering, a family-owned business that is completely organic.

We also have two brand new apprentices we can’t wait for you to meet — and more free concerts than ever before featuring these two gifted young women together with accomplished older artists.

See our new schedule page for the complete programs of this season’s events (also a first).

We hope you will join us in December for one of these three events. As always, it’s crucial to RSVP to ensure we are expecting you and that you know where to find us. All events are in Berkeley (although not all at the Benvenue House) except December 17th’s concert in Mill Valley.

To RSVP, or for anything at all, please e-mail us at

December Concerts

Sunday, December 14th, 2014, 7 p.m.
Goldberg variations
Ignacio Prego, harpsichord. Uplands in Berkeley.

Monday, December 15th, 2014, 7 p.m.
Brahms: Two piano repertoire
Schumann: Variations for two pianos, two cellos and horn Piazzola; Tango for cello and piano, Chopin: Polonaise brillante for cello and piano. All original instruments.
Eric Zivian, Derek Tam, fortepianos; Tanya Tomkins and Maria Martinez, cellos; Paul Avril, horn.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Apprentice concert featuring Ignacio Prego, harpsichord; Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, Maria Martinez, cellos; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin. Free and open to all. Mill Valley.

Interested in our concerts? Please visit our Join Us page or e-mail us at

Apprentice Concerts Announced/Schedule Updated

Eric Zivian and Derek YeeDear Friends,

Every season, we present our wonderful apprentices, in concert with our visiting musicians (and often also with Eric and me). We consider performance experience to be an important part of the education that they receive in our program — and they are terrific musicians in their own right.

The alchemy that happens when world-renowned virtuosos play with young musicians can be magical. We hope you will come early and enjoy these pre-events before our regular concerts and that you will also put two new events on your calendar: January 11tth, when we are presenting a free, all-apprentice concert featuring Eric Zivian and special guest Kim Mai Nguyen on viola and December 17th, also a free event, featuring apprentices plus Ignacio Prego and Maria Martinez in Mill Valley.

Also, more special guest musicians have been added to concerts since the brochure printed. See below for details!

As always, please e-mail us at to RSVP for each event. We are holding at least one concert in a new venue and we would hate for you to miss ouheadshot IGNACIO PREGO color reducedt.

2014/2015 Full Schedule (Pre-concerts added)

Sunday, December 14, 2014
7 p.m. Ignacio Prego plays the Goldberg Variations in Berkeley (Location to be determined)

Monday, December 15th, 2014
7 p.m. Eric Zivian and Derek Tam on fortepianos joined by cellists, Tanya Tomkins and special guest, Spanish cellist, Maria Martinez. Works by Chopin, Schumann and Piazzola

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Bonus apprentice concert in Mill Valley featuring Ignacio Prego, Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, Maria Martinez, cellos, Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin

Sunday, January 4th and Monday, January 5th, 2015
7 p.m. both nights. Viennese Extravaganza featuring the Telegraph Quartet, plus Eric and Tanya. Includes Mahler and some Beethoven.

NEW CONCERT! (Not previously mentioned in the brochure) Free and open to all.

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
12 noon. Apprentices, Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo and Adaiha Macadam-Somer are joined by Eric Zivian and guest violist, Kim Mai Nguyen for Haydn and Mozart — on original instruments.

Laura Rubinstein-SalzedoSunday, March 22nd, 2015

6:30 p.m. PRECONCERT (NEW)
Apprentice Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo (violin) joins Harpsichordist, Davitt Maroney and cellist, Elisabeth Reed.

7 p.m. Harpsichordist, Davitt Maroney is joined by bass-line friends bassoonist, Kate van Orden and cellist, Elisabeth Reed. French Baroque and more.

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
7 p.m. Harpsichordist Davitt Maroney is joined by bass-line friends bassoonist, Kate van Orden
and cellist, Elisabeth Reed. French Baroque and more. (Repeat performance)Adaiha MacAdam-Somer

NEW CONCERT! (Not previously mentioned in the brochure) Free and open to all.

Sunday, May 3rd
6:30 p.m. Apprentices join Eric Zivian for a piano trio by Schumann on original instruments

Tuesday, May 5th
7 p.m. Eric and Tanya are joined by early clarinet specialist Eric Hoeprich. Romantic pieces on original instruments.

–We can’t wait to see you!

Best of the East Bay!

image006In exciting (if unexpected news), Benvenue House Music won “Best Place to Enjoy Chamber Music” from the East Bay Express.

You can read all about it here.

In other news, our brochure has mailed. If you didn’t get yours and would like a hard copy, please e-mail us at

You can also download the back page (with the schedule) by clicking here: BHM_booklet_2014-15_back_OL.

Or see the previous post for the complete schedule.

We can’t wait to see you!

New Season/New Apprentices!

250px-Sachertorte_DSC03027_retouchedDear Friends,

I am so happy to announce the new season of Benvenue House Concerts. Dessert and wine will follow all performances.

As always, we are a non-profit under the umbrella of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, dedicated to presenting chamber music in an intimate setting — while training young musicians alongside renowned professionals.

Please meet our new Apprentices-in-Residence:

Laura Salzedo-Rubinstein, violin
Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello and gamba

Read all about them!

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December 14 and 15, 2104: KEYBOARD FESTIVAL

December 14: New Spanish virtuoso harpsichordist, Ignacio Prego plays
Goldberg Variations.

December 15: Eric Zivian and Derek Tam join forces in music for two pianos, including
Schumann’s rarely heard “Andante and Variations” for 2 pianos, 2 cellos and horn.

mahlerwebcov1January 4 and 5, 2105:
Viennese program with returning favorites Joseph Maile and Pei-Ling! Their new quartet,
the Telegraph Quartet, just won the top prize at the international Fischoff Competition.

They will perform Beethoven and also play the Mahler Piano Quartet with Tanya and Eric. Sacher torte for dessert.

March 22 and 23rd, 2105:
Harpsichordist, Davitt Maroney is joined by bass-line friends bassoonist, Kate van Orden
and cellist, Elisabeth Reed. We will have many wonderful French Baroque bass-friendly
pieces for you interspersed by Davitt’s exquisite solo playing.

May 5, 2105:
Special Tuesday Night Engagement!

Eric Zivian and Tanya are joined by early clarinet specialist currently residing in
England, Eric Hoeprich. Romantic pieces on original instruments.

For more information about a subscription to our upcoming season or donating to us, please e-mail

Thanks and more soon!


End of Time and Apprentices’ Final Extravaganza!


It’s a bittersweet moment indeed — our final two evenings of the season are coming up and our very last event on April 7th is also the last time our first ever crop of apprentices will be performing.

First, on April 6th at 7 p.m. Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time. A truly extraordinary modern work. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear it performed!2013LCCE_FacebookProfileRED

Then April 7th, 7 p.m. Left Coast Chamber Ensemble plus the apprentices play a “Chamber Music Extravaganza:” including Mozart four-hands; Gabrielli Ricercar and Canon for two cellos; Popper Requeim for three cellos and piano; Beethoven Cello Sonata in D Major; Mendelssohn Concert Piece for two Clarinets; and a dessert of a Brazilian Duo featuring Marc Teicholz and Ian Swensen on violin.

Our final concert is also free, so e-mail me at benvenueconcerts(at)gmail(dot)com if you’d like to bring a friend.

Refreshments follow both evenings and remember to leave ample time for parking.

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Thanks for your support.

Happy 2014

BenvenueHouseMusic logoHappy New Year to all! We can’t wait to see you at our concerts this spring.

I am especially excited about our program on January 26th and 27th. Eric Zivian and I have been working with up-and-coming artists Joseph Maile (violin) and Pei-Ling Lin (viola) on a wonderful concert, featuring Schumann and Brahms. There will be a brief pre-concert by the apprentices both nights. The program begins promptly at 7 p.m.

If you would like to join us for either night, please RVSP to benvenueconcerts{at}, our new address for Benvenue House Concerts correspondence.

Remember to leave extra time for parking!

Then in April:

April 6th, 7pm: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
April 7th, 7pm: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble plus the apprentices play a “Chamber Music Extravaganza”
Thanks for your support.  As always, we are a non-profit under the umbrella of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. You can donate to us here.

Apprentices and Sarah Bonomo Master Messiaen

2013-12-02 20.22.47Last night I was the very proud producer of an apprentice concert.

In very little time, Natalie Carducci, Gretchen Claassen, Derek Tam, joined by clarinettist, Sarah Bonomo learned and performed one of the most exciting performances of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time I have ever heard!

I also want to thank our coaches, Anna Presler, Jerry Simas, and Eric Zivian for their time and hard work on it with them.

Bravi tutti!!

Oh, and now the pressure is on Left Coast Ensemble (us, the coaches) to perform the same 2013-12-02 20.17.06piece on the series in April. It’s hard to imagine improving on the version I heard them do last night…. but we will do our best!

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