Cristina Ortiz said that when she visited Hong Kong, she heard kids playing piano " like a fleet. They play anything. I’ve heard them at 11, in Hong Kong, a bunch of them playing through 24 Preludes, or 24 Études by Chopin, from beginning to end. I mean, hello? What is this? Have they lived before? Of course it’s wonderful but you’ve got to live."
Ortiz said that a pianist or a musician must take constructive criticisms from critics and "really have to have lived" in order to come out much better as musicians.