Recitals at Cal Performances

The Cal Performances recital series brings a stunning range of internationally-celebrated vocalists, pianists, and string virtuosi to UC Berkeley stages, from beloved stars to next-generation artists on the rise. Vocalists in the series have included Susan Graham, Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Cecilia Bartoli, Audra McDonald, Ian Bostridge, Eric Owens, Julia Bullock, Iestyn Davies, Joyce DiDonato, and Anne-Sofie von Otter, performing repertoire from opera arias, to French, German, and Italian song, to selections from the Great American Songbook; and brand-new commissions. Piano recitalists such as Emmanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Nicolas Hodges, Rudolf Buchbinder, Murray Perahia, Garrick Ohlsson, Jonathan Biss, Malcolm Martineau, Andras Schiff, Yefim Bronfman, and Alfred Brendel have mined the monumental body of solo works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, and Bach, among many other composers. The series has also boasted appearances by violinists Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Gil Shaham, Gidon Kremer, Pinchas Zukerman, Jennier Koh, and Christian Tetzlaff, and cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Anssi Karttunen, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Alisa Weilerstein.

The 2021–22 season presents veteran artists like tenor Jonas Kaufmann, pianist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, and pianist Daniil Trifonov; well as new talents who have risen to worldwide attention, such as violinist Tessa Lark, pianist Eric Lu, tenor Paul Appleby, soprano Angel Blue, countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, plus the all-star string duo of mandolinist Avi Avital and guitarist Miloš.

2021/22 Season Recital Events Calendar


Tessa Lark, violin
Amy Yang, piano

Oct 3, 2021, 3pm
Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch
Oct 24, 2021, 3pm
Avi Avital and MILOŠ
Nov 11, 2021, 7:30pm

Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Yuja Wang, piano

Nov 13, 2021, 8pm

David Finckel, cello
Wu Han, piano

Nov 14, 2021, 3pm

Paul Appleby, tenor
Conor Hanick, piano

Jan 30, 2022, 3pm

Eric Lu, piano

Feb 6, 2022, 3pm

Angel Blue, soprano

Mar 6, 2022, 3pm

Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Michał Biel, piano

Mar 13, 2022, 3pm

Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Jake Heggie, piano

Apr 3, 2022, 3pm

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Apr 28, 2022, 7:30pm
Explore the 2021/22 Season

Recital Videos and More

Jean Rondeau performs Royer's Vertigo on the harpsichord
Bohemian Rhapsody video
Schwarzfahrer, directed by Pepe Danquart
Jordi Savall

An artist conversation with Jordi Savall, recorded in conjunction with [...]

Beatrice Rana and Cal Performances Executive and Artistic Director Jeremy Geffen Artist Talk

An artist conversation with Beatrice Rana, recorded in conjunction with [...]

Renee Fleming and Cal Performances Executive and Artistic Director Jeremy Geffen Artist Conversation

An artist conversation with Renée Fleming, recorded in conjunction with [...]