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Douglass-Ishizaka started playing the piano at age four, formed a trio with her brothers Danjulo and Kiyondo, and later graduated from Hochschule für Musik Köln. As a solo pianist, she performed with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Klassische Philharmonie and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra in Michigan.
In 1998 Douglass-Ishizaka was the winner of the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition), along with her brothers Kiyondo Ishizaka and Danjulo Ishizaka.
She is part of the Open Goldberg Variations, a Kickstarter-funded, and Bösendorfer-sponsored team that recorded Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations and released the score and recordings into the public domain in May, 2012.
Douglass-Ishizaka was placed 3rd in the weight category < 82 kg in the 2005 German championships in powerlifting and in 2006 she was placed 2nd in the disciplines of bench press, squat and deadlift.
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