Maki Ishii Sowash

Second Violin

Maki’s world dramatically changed when she fell madly in love with the dashing Spanish tenor Jose Carreras at age 11. She has had many crushes since, and her first love in music still remains the lyric voice. She has pursued her interests and passions and has studied and lived in Italy and Spain. Today she makes her home in San Francisco with her husband, whom she met at the Opera, where he shone the spotlight for the stage. They are passionate about their many four-pawed children, including Bernese Mountain Dogs and an Aussie Shepherd, and fluffy guys that meow at them. Maki has been a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1990. She has the unique distinction of being the only person ever to be hired during a lockout.

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