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Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick is busy these days. In November, he finished a 50-city tour called The Power of Music, and he will begin a new tour in September. He has a TV show in the works called Ethan Presents. Viewers will be treated to a concert and famous guests on each episode. The first episode airs on PBS on May 25.

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14 Year Old Pianist; Ethan Bortnick Concert 


SEP 2014

Ethan Bortnick-fourteen-year-old pianist, composer, entertainer, songwriter, actor, musician, and one of the youngest philanthropists in the world-will headline LearningTECH/Quest School/KTVE/KARD's annual fundraiser Stars on the Bayou on October 19, Jack Howard Theater. Ethan's concert "Believe in Yourself; Anything Is Possible" will be a tribute to children in Northeast Louisiana who have overcome life's challenges.

A reception for Ethan and his family from 4:30-5:30 will give ticket holders an opportunity to meet Ethan, purchase his CD's, and bid on silent auction items. Bortnick's concert, 6-8:00 P.M., will feature Missy Robertson and the West Monroe High School Choir, under the direction of Greg Oden. During the concert's intermission, the audience may participate in a live auction of five select items.

At nine years old, Bortnick became the youngest artist to have his own National PBS Concert Special. "Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine" became his national tour when Ethan was ten. Featured musical selections included the Beatles "Let It Be," Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Ethan's concerts feature numerous genres, appealing to all ages.

Ethan's Monroe Concert, "The Power of Music" will also feature original selections including "Believe in Yourself; Anything Is Possible," a tribute to his brother, who has overcome physical challenges. Prospective concert goers should google Ethan Bortnick to view a YOU Tube concert. His enthusiasm for life and music has caused Ethan's concert goers to say "Genius," "Incredible, funny, inspiring for all ages," and "Ethan is a wonder."

Having appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey, Little Ensteins, and Wendy Williams, Ethan had a leading role in "Anything Is Possible," a feature film about a young boy separated from his mother who is missing during a trip to Japan to help after the tsunami.

Through his concerts, Ethan has raised over $30 million for non-profit organizations like LearningTECH/Quest School, an educational services center, whose jewel is the Quest School, a school for children who, for whatever reason, cannot find success in traditional settings. Quest School offers an alternative education for children who may have a diagnosis of ADHD, dyslexia, and/or autism or who have no formal diagnosis but need a smaller environment and specialized curriculum. Also, Learning TECH offers tutoring for pre kindergarten through college in any subject, educational evaluations, and coding classes.

Tickets for Bortnick's Monroe concert on October 19 are available through Ticket Master and are $30 for adults; $15 for children. LearningTECH/Quest School/KTVE/KARD has sponsorship packages for Stars on the Bayou. At 322-6000, call Donna Underwood, director of LearningTECH/Quest School, for sponsorship or additional information concerning Ethan Bortnick's appearance and concert details.

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12-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Ethan Bortnick to Perform at Jewish Community Center of Dallas Nov. 24 

NOVEMBER 14, 2013 By 

Ethan Bortnick, the 12-year-old piano prodigy seen on “Oprah,” “The Tonight Show” and “Good Morning America,” will perform at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center (The J) Zale Auditorium, located at 7900 Northaven Road on Sunday, November 24 at 4:30 p.m. 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. Tickets for the one-time show range from $10-50 and can be purchased at or by calling (214) 739-2737.


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 note the 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. He’s 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. Ethan has supported such charities as Miami Children’s Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club, Starkey Hearing Foundation, ONEXONE, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, among others. Through his appearances at benefits and galas, he’s helped raise more than $30 million dollars for nonprofits around the world. He hopes to add more zeroes to that impressive sum. At these charity events he’s shared the stage with such legends as Elton John, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Reba McEntire, among many others. Recently, he joined some of music’s biggest names including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, and Tony Bennett as 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.

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 children’s 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 “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” where he was named one of Oprah’s “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.

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 Ethan’s sense of optimism and his commitment to bring warmth and happiness to kids and families worldwide. It’s 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. As Ethan says, “As long as the audience is enjoying the music, having fun, smiling, and dancing… I’m happy and I love it! “
For more information about Ethan Bortnick or to see his videos, please visit
The Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas (The J) is part of an extended family, a home away from home − providing programs and services for all ages and stages of life. Within its walls or around the world, The J’s members gather together to meet, play, learn, celebrate, and be part of the community. Everyone, regardless of age, race, religious affiliation, or any other protected status, is welcome. The Aaron Family Jewish Community Center is located at 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. For more information, please visit or call (214) 739-2737.



Piano prodigy plays Calgary for the 1st time 


Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick made his first appearance in Calgary last night.

The 12-year-old holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest musician to host a solo concert tour.
Bortnick says he started playing at an early age.

"When I was three years old, on a little toy keyboard, I just started mimicking everything that I heard and then I asked my parents for piano lessons. They're like, ‘yeah, sure,’ and, yeah, the rest is history."

'To be honest with you, literally one minute before the concert, I'm still playing Angry Birds backstage.'— Ethan Bortnick, pianist 

And though Bortnick has performed with Justin Bieber and Elton John, he says he still gets a chance to do what other kids his age do.

"To be honest with you, literally one minute before the concert, I'm still playing Angry Birds backstage."

The pianist has raised more than $30 million for different charities including Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

He also stars in and co-wrote the music for a movie coming out in September titled Anything is Possible.

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WVPT to present Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music 

November. 24, 2014: 

WVPT Public Television, serving the Shenandoah Valley and Central and Northern Virginia, announces the premiere of Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.


afp_wvptAt 12 years old, Bortnick—the youngest performer ever to headline his own international concert tour—has so far appeared in more than 200 concerts in the United States, Canada, Brazil, South Africa and Australia. He will perform in Charlottesville atThe Paramount Theater May 24, 2014.

Viewers are encouraged to tune in Dec. 4 to watch the prodigal composer, pianist and entertainer accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, band and 120-member kids choir in a program that had the live audience dancing in the aisles. Among Bortnick’s selections are Frédéric Chopin’s “Minute Waltz” and favorites such as “Rock Around the Clock,” “Lean On Me,” “Earth Song” and “Crocodile Rock.” Special guests Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder and Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit join Bortnick for a moving rendition of “We Are the World.”

“We are excited to showcase Ethan’s talent and spirit through this fun-filled broadcast for all ages,” said WVPT President and General Manager David Mullins. “This is a fantastic program to sit down and watch with family as the holiday season nears as well as a sneak peak of the excitement Ethan will bring to Charlottesville next year.”

Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music is presented by WTTW National Productions and distributed nationally by The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).

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HomeEntertainment/Life 13-year-old entertainer Ethan Bortnick bringing show for all ages to the Paramount 


It’s nothing new to see the stars of old pack a concert hall with fans ranging from grandmothers and their grandchildren.


Well the Paramount has a twist in store for you Saturday night.

You still can see an act that appeals to young and old alike — but the “man” on stage is only 13.

Ethan Bortnick – the youngest performer ever to headline a concert tour – will be in town for a 6 p.m. show that will bring you everything from the Bieber to Bach.

He is a charming entertainer who knows how to touch an audience. He is a gifted musician who keeps fans memorized.

Don’t take my word for it. Go to his web page ( and watch a video from one of his shows. I personally like the one of him on Jay Leno’s show. Bortnick was only in kindergarten then and had memorized more than 200 songs.

He has a gift, and he uses his power of music for good. The young man who began playing piano at age 3 already has helped raise more than $30 million for charity, especially charities that help children.

“I feel if you have a talent, you should use it to help other people,” Bortnick said Wednesday night, after finishing up a concert in Charlotte, N.C. “It doesn’t matter if your talent is music or cooking or sports. You should use your talent help other people.”

In 2010, he performed with the likes of Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion to record “We Are the World” to aid Haiti’s earthquake victims. His list of charitable giving is long. He has contributed to Miami’s Children Hospital, the Boys and Girls Club, the American Heart Association and many, many more.

Because of his philanthropy, Bortnick was featured on the cover of Esquire magazine.

He learned to care at a very young age.

“My younger brother had to have three heart surgeries,” he said. “When I went to visit him in the hospital, I saw him and a lot of kids who were having a hard time. I was small, and I asked, ‘Why did this have to happen? Why did this have to happen to us?’

“But now that I’m older, I understand a lot more.”

He understood that a lot of families didn’t have the funds to pay their hospital bills, so he was determined to help.

That determination seems to have paralleled his career in music.

“I asked my parents for piano lessons when I was 3, and they said, ‘No,’ Bortnick said.

So he picked up his little toy keyboard and began to play, note for note, everything he heard.

“I played the music that I heard on TV and on the radio,” he said. “I started copying the music so I could show my parents. They said, ‘We are going to get you piano lessons.’ ”

Although he has a natural gift, he wanted to learn more.

“It definitely benefited me,” he said. “I am always searching to learn more. You may think you know everything, but you are wrong. You can always learn more and expand and grow.”

His musical tastes run the gamut. The Florida native plays rock, classical, jazz — others’ and his own. He began to compose at age 5.

“Music is music,” he said. “I love to listen to every type of music.”

Oprah selected Ethan as one of her “All-Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids.” In 2010, he became the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning national TV concert special. It aired on PBS. And last year he starred in “Anything is Possible,” a feature film about a young boy who goes missing after his family goes to Japan to help after the tsunami. Ethan co-wrote all of the songs in the film and scored the background music.

Quincy Jones even noted, “Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable.”

He has performed across the world with some of the biggest names in the business.

This spring’s 30-city concert tour brings him to Charlottesville with his own band and a special guest, Damian McGinty.

The 21-year-old Irish singer and started singing in a band called Celtic Thunder when he was 14. He earned a seven-episode deal to appear on “Glee,” but he was so popular that his run was extended to 17 shows.

He will join Bortnick on stage Saturday, along with members of Albemarle County Public Schools’ Fifth-Grade Choir and surprise local guest artists.

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PlayhouseSquare presents Ethan Bortnick at the Ohio Theatre May 11, 2014  


Guinness World Record Musician Ethan Bortnick to appear on Mother’s Day"

Ethan Bortnick has been cited as the youngest performer ever to headline a solo concert tour. On May 11, 2014 (Mother’s Day) Ethan will be bringing is family friendly music special live to the Ohio Theatre as part of a 30 city tour.

Oprah has named him one of the “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids”. Joining Ethan on tour will be special guest Damian McGinty (star of Glee and former member of Celtic Thunder).


Featured at the concert will be a wide range of music ranging including songs made famous by The Beatles, Elton John, Neil Diamond and Michael Jackson. From Broadway, Motown and Rock and Roll Ethan sings it all including Chopin.

Ethan will be performing songs from his recently released movie “Anything is Possible” that he starred, co scored, and wrote ten songs for. As a special treat for the audience he will compose music on the spot putting together ideas for a song from suggestions and ideas from the audience. He will also stay on stage for a Q & A segment. Dave Rosenthal (known around the world for his work with Billy Joel) is Ethan’s Musical Director for the program. Damian McGinty will join Ethan onstage performing songs that he sang in Ethan’s PBS special plus some new numbers that he has never performed live before. Also joining Ethan and Damian on stage are a dynamic band, the R.O.C.c.K Children's Choir & Aurora City Schools, and local surprise guest artists.

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Ethan Bortnick, child musical prodigy, to play Tucson 


A normal to-do list for a 13-year-old probably wouldn’t include a 30-city global headliner musical tour, but Ethan Bortnick is no average Jewish teen.


Bortnick’s ability to enthrall audiences with his uncanny musical ear and astonishing talent on the piano has led him to be named as one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids.” He recorded his first PBS national television concert at age 9 with an accompanying headline tour, “Musical Time Machine.” His new tour follows his second PBS special, “Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music.”

Besides becoming a certified Guinness World Record title-holder as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Tour” and the youngest performer to headline a Las Vegas show, he’s also performed with Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight, Josh Groban, Santana and more.

Tucson will be Bortnick’s third stop on his 30-city tour after concerts in Fort Lauderdale, his hometown, and California. So far, he told the AJP, “I’m having lots of fun.” Despite his youth, Bortnick, the son of Ukrainian immigrants, speaks with the confidence and clarity of a seasoned musician. Describing his tour, he expresses his sincere love of “all types of music. There’s a big variety in the show, from classical to jazz, from variety to pop.”

He claims not to favor one particular music genre over another. His favorite part of touring? “Meeting new people, definitely. I’m having a ton of fun.”

Irish singer and actor Damian McGinty of the hit TV series “Glee” will join Bortnick on tour. It will be McGinty’s first tour since his participation in the group Celtic Thunder. Dave Rosenthal, Billy Joel’s musical director, served as Bortnick’s musical director for this show.

During his shows, Bortnick performs cover songs and his own compositions, and compose songs on the spot using audience stories.

Bortnick finds time to balance his musical career with school. He attends what he calls “regular school” about 25 percent of the time, and does much of his coursework remotely.

In addition to his career and education, Bortnick is a passionate philanthropist and has raised over $30 million for nonprofits and charities.

He has special advice for kids who seek to excel in music: “Really, really listen to the music. Work hard at it. See how it can affect people’s lives.

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Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick at Chandler Center 

March 30, 2014 By 12 NEWS & THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: 

Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick was picking out melodies on the keyboard at age 3 and writing his own compositions at 5 — just like one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


Now 13, the Hollywood, Fla., native performs around the world. On Sunday, April 6, he’ll be in concert with the Phoenix Youth Symphony and the Phoenix Boys Choir at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

“I’ll be playing ‘Rock Around the Clock’ and the Minute Waltz by Chopin,” he says. “All types of music, from ‘Lean on Me’ to a composition of my own.”

Ethan doesn’t remember the first time he played music, but luckily his parents captured the moment on video.

“They said I always asked them for piano lessons and they just said no. But what happened is I took out a little toy keyboard I got for my second birthday, and all the music I heard I started copying on my little toy keyboard, and then I called my parents and they started filming me. And they said, ‘We’re getting you piano lessons.’ ”

When he was 5, his younger brother had heart surgery, and seeing so many kids in need at the hospital inspired Ethan to use his talents to raise money for charitable causes. In 2010 he joined an all-star cast that included Barbra Streisand and Justin Bieber to record “We are the World 25 for Haiti.”

Despite his stellar resume, however, he does find time for regular kid stuff, including his favorite video games, Pokémon and Flappy Bird.

“I play video games before my performances, literally like one second before I go on the stage,” he says. “I’ll be playing and my dad will be like, ‘OK, Ethan, it’s time to go,’ and I’ll tell him not to turn the power off or anything.”

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12 Year Old Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music 

FEBRUARY 26, 2014 By The GUIDE: 

Harrisburg, PA — Ethan Bortnick, the youngest performer ever to headline his own international concert tour will appear on Harrisburg, PA, PBS Station WITF at 2 p.m. March 2, 12:30 p.m., March 8, and 4 p.m. March 9.


The captivating new family music special Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music features the amazing 12-year-old composer, pianist, and entertainer, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, a four-piece band and the 120-member Kids Choir, in a program that had the live audience dancing in the aisles!

The young musical sensation named one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids,” is joined by special guests Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder and Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit in a moving 90 minute special that highlights Ethan’s belief that music can emotionally connect people, and ultimately, change the world.

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