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At 11 years 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. Ethan has toured the world, connecting with diverse audiences in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and Australia. Ethan will bring his Live Concert to Missisippi to help raise awareness and funds for the March of Dimes.
As Oprah recently stated, Ethan "has helped raise nearly $30 million by performing..at charity benefits.."
Ethan was recently certified a Guinness World Records title-holder as The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his own Tour and was the youngest musician to have his own PBS television Concert special, that aired over 500 times across the PBS Network.
Last year, Ethan completed shooting a full-length feature film called Anything Is Possible which will be released in mid/end 2013. He starred, co-wrote all of the songs in the film and scored all the music;
He has been featured multiple times on Jay Leno, Oprah, and appeared on numerous Television shows.
"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
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
MORE INFO ON ETHAN
Eleven 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. 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. This concert is no exception, as he helps raise funds for the March of dimes, he remembers 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 all over the world! 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 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. 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 just completed shooting a full-length feature film called Anything Is Possible which will be released in mid/end 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!
A FEW REVIEWS, AFTER SEEING ETHANS CONCERTS:
"This was the best investment in my children's future. They left Ethan's concert, inspired and motivated to believe that they can also achieve anything.“ - Susan Morris
“My son, after Ethan’s concert, believed that anything is possible. Thank you!“ - Steven Kurk
“My family, including two daughters ages 5 and 8, loved Ethan’s show. We skipped Disney World this weekend to see Ethan and we’re glad we did.” – Jeff Rusnak
“ It was the most breathtaking, inspirational, and emotional performance that I’ve seen in my life! He delivered hope and optimism; and, I truly believe that he is a reflection of the many gifts and talents that we’re given in life…that when cultivated, they could reap unbelievable results! “ - Vivian Sola
“I could not stop crying, from excitement, when I heard you play. The music was beyond beautiful. You inspired me, my kids and my grandkids. You made us Laugh, Cry, and inspired me like no human being has in my lifetime. I can not believe you are only 9 years old. You played like you were 50, you spoke like you lived for hundreds of years, yet you were funny, humble, charming and most of all, still a Child! WOW! WOW! And thank you for sharing your Gift!! ” – Luba Guzman
"I thought I was prepared to be amazed… but he caught me by surprise, he was that good. We laughed and we cried as we were all treated to a rare form of entertainment! “– Ivy Peterson,
“I’ve never seen an entertainer get so many standing ovations. I stopped counting after the first five!” he hit a homerun .... he will be talked about for years to come. ". - Richard Miseyko
“… I thought I knew what to expect. However, his performance was even more fabulous than I imagined…laughter, tears and complete amazement at his level of talent at such a young age.” – Danielle Seaberg
“It was truly a once in a lifetime experience to hear such an incredibly gifted performer. Ethan has a unique way of reaching into the hearts of each attendee!” - Kory Butler
“Ethan Bortnick was completely and totally amazing. His talent brought a tear to my eyes!” - Lori Duke
“It is amazing that one boy can have so much talent and be humble at the same time. Wow!” – Julie Dennis
“Ethan was an incredibly poised, talented and entertaining performer, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to see him. I can hardly wait to see what he will be able to do once he can reach the pedals.”-Tracie Domino
‘Not a dry eye in the room and no one took their eyes off him! Ethan has an extraordinary combination of performer, entertainer, musician, and all-around kid. “- Dina Vann
“It's been over 3 days since his performance, and I'm still talking about how awesome he was!”– Sherry Sullivan
“ I thoroughly enjoyed that young man, his personality, his talent and the way he interacted with the audience. As I told him, he is truly a gift from God.” - Margaret H. Williams
"It’s amazing that he’s a songwriter at his age … you can’t truly understand it until you see him perform, and then it just blows you away and you totally get it. He is such a phenomenal talent." – Skylar
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