Uchida was enrolled in the Vienna Academy of Music at the age of 12. Almost
immediately she was she was recognized for her talent and her resistance to the
conventional methods and theories of performance. She had her own ideas about
playing and her teachers tried to keep her within the strict bounds of European
music tradition and scholarship. While still a student in Vienna, she once dared
to state that she didn't like Mozart's music. Today she is considered one of the
world's foremost Mozart interpreters.