In 1986, 21 year old guitarist Cristina Azuma made her recording debut in Brazil, her native country, with "E De Lei" which clearly defined her musical personality: an innovator, willing to expand the repertoire for guitar.
Cristina Azuma's performance credits have included music festivals in Havana, Martinique, Cordoba, Tokyo, and others in Peru, Hungary, Ecuador, and Brazil. She has appeared as a soloist at the BBC Concert Hall in London (a concert broadcast by the BBC World Service-1992), the Saint-Germaine des Pres Cathedral in Paris, the Frankfurt Opera, and the Casals Theater in Tokyo.
She has also given recitals as a member of chamber ensembles, including a tour of Portugal with the Confraria Ensemble of Ancient Music in 1983. Ms. Azuma was a featured artist for the 80 Years of Japanese Immigration in Brazil festival, appearing both at the MASP Auditorium in Sao Paulo and at the National Theater of Brasilia in 1988.
While touring Japan in March 1993, she was invited to play the inaugural concert of the Palacio de la Guitarra in Tsukubaa theater and a museum dedicated to the guitar. She recorded a live album there, playing antique guitars from the Palacio de la Guitarra's museum collection.
After graduating from the University of Sao Paulo, Cristina Azuma was a student in Musicology (PhD) at the Sorbonne, where she completed her dissertation on the musical characteristics of Baroque dances.