Douglass-Ishizaka started playing the piano at age four, was a member of the Ishizaka Trio for 16 years with her brothers, and graduated from Hochschule für Musik Köln. As a solo pianist, she has performed concerts throughout Europe, North America, and Japan, as well as appearing with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Klassische Philharmonie, and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Michigan).
In 1998 Douglass-Ishizaka was the winner of the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition), along with her brothers Kiyondo Ishizaka and Danjulo Ishizaka.
Douglass-Ishizuka 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.
Ishizaka's interpretation is characterised by straightforward musicianship, immaculate technical aplomb, and a warm, beautifully modulated sonority. Counterpoint passes back and forth between the hands in a conversational and judiciously balanced manner, while a strong lyrical impulse informs the cross-handed variations' rapid, bravura passages.—Jed Distler, Gramophone Magazine
In November 2013 Douglass-Ishizaka and Open Goldberg Project completed another Kickstarter project to fund the recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. The new recording, also be licensed into the public domain, was released in March, 2015.
James Oestreich, reviewing for The New York Times, reported that Douglass-Ishizaka is a "gifted and obviously devoted Bachian" and that she "performed the 24 preludes and fugues of Book 1 from memory and without major flaw".
Douglass-Ishizaka (as just Ishizaka) has just recorded Chopin's 24 préludes on an 1842 Pleyel piano, in a Kickstarter-funded project. Chopin finished composing his préludes on a Pleyel. The recording is due to be released under the Creative Commons license in June 2015.
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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