Recognized by the Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Head-line His Own Concert Tour,” 14-year-old Ethan Bortnick has been performing around the world, raising over $40,000,000 for charities across the globe.
His highly successful nationally televised TV show, The Power of Music, has been the number one concert pledge show on PBS for 2014, and is still running nationwide continuously, winning multiple awards. Ethan recently graced Esquire magazine's 80th anniversary cover, was fea-tured in Gap's global celebrity ad campaign, and continues to share the stage with music leg-ends.
When he was just three years old, the Hollywood, Florida native asked his parents for piano les-sons and discovered an uncanny ability to hear a song once and play it back note for note – the musical equivalent of a photographic memory. He soaked up the music of such diverse artists and composers as Beethoven, Mozart, jazz pianist Bill Evans, Little Richard, Billy Joel and Elton John, and began creating original compositions at age five. A few years later, Ethan began mak-ing television appearances and touring, connecting with audiences in countries such as Japan, Brazil, Canada, South Africa and Australia.
Ethan has not only moved audiences throughout the world as a captivating musician, but he is also a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work. When Ethan was five, his younger brother had three heart surgeries and that emotional time in-spired him to use his musical talents to benefit charity.
I remember going to the Children’s 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 explained.
Since then, Ethan has helped raise over $30,000,000 for nonprofits around the world. At these charity events, he’s shared the stage with artists such as Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Josh Groban and Reba McEntire, among many others. In 2010, he joined some of music’s big-gest names – including Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Carlos Santana, etc.., as the youngest of the all-star lineup that recorded We Are The World 25 For Haiti. During Ethan’s voyage aboard Riviera, a portion of the proceeds of his DVD signings will be donated to one of his charities.
Ethan has also been featured on countless national television shows, including multiple appear-ances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and Oprah, where he was named one of Oprah’s All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids.
Ethan completed shooting a full-length feature film called Anything Is Possible which was re-leased in September 2013 to rave reviews. He starred in the film, co-wrote all of the songs in the film and scored all the background music.
Billy Joel's Musical Director, Dave Rosenthal, renowned globally for his work with Billy for over twenty years is also Ethan's Musical Director.
Ethan has performed at venues around the globe, charity functions, performing arts centers, large arenas with over 70,000 people and for Ethan, the most fulfilling aspect of success is bring-ing people joy. “When I perform at someone’s home or in a huge arena, I just love every moment of it! When I see the audience enjoying the music, having fun, smiling and dancing, there’s just nothing better that that!” he says.
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Ethan is as comfortable playing before a live TV audience in Hollywood, Calif., as he is noodling on his piano at home in Hollywood, Fla..The little boy with the grown-up talent seems happily adjusted to his double life. Elfin, cheerful and self-assured, Ethan tackles music with fervor and focus. – USA TODAY
Ethan Bortnick’s show at the Hilton (on Friday) night was history-making. It was a sold-out crowd, and there was so much heart and soul, plus energy felt from the audience. It was a spectacular night, 90 minutes of pure entertainment. - Las Vegas SUN
"...his performance was flawless..." and "Ethan's fingers seemed to fly across the piano's keyboard and the next moment after each number he got up to speak to his audience... Anyone who heard Ethan's music and did not know that the entertainer was only 10 years old would have thought he was an exceptionally talented adult pianist." – Yahoo News
Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable.- QUINCY JONES
I'm amazed by your songwriting. - CELINE DION
Musicality like this comes along once in a generation. - PETER YARROW (Peter, Paul and Mary)
This kid is amazing. - Jay Leno, The Tonight Show
He is Amazing and I love the showmanship.. He is into it... Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America
That is Just Unbelievable!!! - Access Hollywood
He plays like a pro.- Inside Edition
You are an inspiration to all young musicians, you are fantastic.- Martha Stewart