Twelve year old Ethan Bortnick has moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work. At three years of age, the Hollywood, Florida native begged his parents for piano lessons and discovered an uncanny ability to hear a song once and play it back note for notethe musical equivalent of a photographic memory.
Ethan has toured the world, connecting with diverse audiences in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and Australia. In 2011, he made history as the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas with his residency at the Las Vegas Hilton Theater, a venue revered for putting on iconic shows by legends such as Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, and Barbra Streisand. Ethan was recently certified a Guinness World Records title-holder as The Worlds Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his own Tour. Hes also earned the distinction of being named the youngest musician to be endorsed by a premier instrument manufacturer through his Gibson Guitar/Baldwin Piano sponsorship.
When Ethan was five, his younger brother had three heart surgeries and that powerful time inspired him to use his musical talents to benefit charity. I remember going to Miami Childrens Hospital and seeing a lot of sick children. I learned that some of these kids could not afford surgery so the hospital raised money for them. It made me want to help these kids, Ethan explains. If you have a talent, use it to help someone. As one of the youngest philanthropists ever, Ethan has supported such charities as Miami Childrens Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club, Starkey Hearing Foundation, ONEXONE, and Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals, among many others. Through his appearances at benefits and galas, hes helped raise over 30,000,000 dollars for nonprofits around the world. He hopes to add more zeroes to that impressive sum. At these charity events hes shared the stage with such legends as Elton John, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Beyonc, Reba McEntire, among many others. Recently, he joined some of musics biggest namesincluding Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, and Tony Bennettas the youngest of the all-star lineup that recorded We Are The World 25 For Haiti.
His deep musical knowledge, broad tastes, and staggering talents make his performances a treat for the whole family. Onstage, Ethan performs relaxing jazz, dazzling classical music, raise-the-roof rock n roll, and his own memorable originals. He knows hundreds of songs that he can instantly call up to memory. Just by looking out at the crowd and gauging their reactions to songs, Ethan can tailor a pleasing and enjoyable in-the-moment performance. Sets can go from Beethoven, to the Beatles, to Bieber. Its all a natural flow for Ethan and hes always relaxed before performances. I dont get nervous before a concert, he says. I usually play video games and as soon as they say Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Ethan Bortnick I give the video game to my dad and run onstage.
The piano whiz does not come from a musical family. He began at the age of three picking out melodies with one finger on an eight-note childrens keyboard. Around this time he pleaded to study on a real piano with formal lessons. He soaked up the music of such diverse artists and composers as Beethoven, Mozart, jazz pianist Bill Evans, Little Richard, and Elton John, and began writing originals at age five.
Ethan has been featured on many national late night and morning television shows, including multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and Oprah, where he was named one of Oprahs All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids. In 2010, Ethan made history as the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning, nationally-televised concert special on PBS. Also in 2010, Bortnick released his debut CD & DVD, Ethan Bortnick & His Musical Time Machine (Razor & Tie), a diverse collection of imaginatively interpreted covers of well-known pop songs and impressive original compositions. Legend Quincy Jones has this to say of his songcraft: Ethans imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable.
Ethan completed shooting a full-length feature film called Anything Is Possible which will be released in late 2013. He co-wrote all of the songs in the film and scored all the background music; a soundtrack will be released simultaneously with the film. Ethan will star as Nathan, the main character, and the touching tale will reflect Ethans sense of optimism and his commitment to bring warmth and happiness to kids and families worldwide. Its a fitting storyline for a boy who is on an epic music-career journey, but remains pure and humble when sharing his talents. For Ethan, the most fulfilling aspect of success is bringing people joy. He says: As long as the audience is enjoying the music, having fun, smiling, and dancing, Im happy and I love it!