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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.

&she plays with grace and sensitivity. &her repertoire is strong and original. &what is so captivating about Cristina Azuma is her innate rhythm, &she instinctively combines true human feelings with a refined and aristocratic approach. ...a touching contrast between her simplicity and her great talent established by its depth and assurance of expression, suppleness, and facility. ...a strong and sweet personality which shines with no artifice. - Les Cahiers de la Guitare

An angelic gift of rare talent. - Gendai Guitar Magazine

...a very sensitive artist with delicate and well-bred musicality. ...imprinting her phrases with lively and superbly musical poetry. - Les Cahiers de la Guitare

Cristina Azuma promises the guitar world a significant contribution to the repertoire of this instrument. - Soundboard Magazine

One of the most important names in guitar today. - Correio Brazilianse

Cristina Azuma is inscribed in the great tradition of Brazilian guitar. &a compelling artist, an accomplished musician who can make the guitar sing with the combination of very feminine sweetness, strength, lyricism, and Brazilian rhythm. - Les Cahiers de la Guitare

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