Ethan Bortnick
Musician, composer, actor
Ethan Bortnick
Ethan Jordan Bortnick is a pianist, singer, composer, songwriter, actor, musician and one of the youngest philanthropists in the world.
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11-year-old pianist sets Guinness record
Reuters.com - over 4 years
Jul. 26 - 11-year-old piano prodigy, Ethan Bortnick, sets the Guinness World Record as the youngest solo musician to headline his own concert tour. Tara Cleary reports.
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Morrissey, FYF Fest and more: This week's on-sales
LATimes - over 4 years
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center Morrissey, Nov. 24 (Fri.) Verizon Wireless Amphitheater How Sweet the Sound, Sept. 21 (Fri.); Rascal Flatts, Sept. 14 (Sat.) Hollywood Palladium Eric Prydz, July 14 (now) Los Angeles State Historic Park FYF Fest featuring Refused, Wild Flag, M83, Sept. 1-2 (Fri.) Club Nokia The Parov Stelar Trio, Dec. 14 (Fri.) Rabobank Arena Mana, Sept. 13 (Fri.) Citizens Bank Arena Mana, Sept. 18 (Fri.) Orpheum Theatre Alice Cooper, Nov. 29 (Fri.) John Anson Ford Amphitheatre The Tallest Man on Earth, Sept. 4 (Fri.) Greek Theatre Fiona Apple, Sept. 14; David Byrne and St. Vincent, Oct. 13 (Sat.) El Rey Theatre Menomena, Sept. 27 (now); Goapele, Aug. 2; My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Oct. 4; Grimes, Oct. 10 (Fri.); Civil Twilight, Aug. 23; Little Feat (Sat.) Fonda Theatre Kimbra, Oct. 4 (now); Ryan Bingham, Sept. 27 (Fri) Fox Theater Pomona Seet ...
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Preview calendar: Clubs and concerts for Aug. 25-31 - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Classics 4 Kids ---- The San Diego concert organization, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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Studio owner prepares for Osmond tour - Times Daily
Google News - over 5 years
He's been spending long hours at his downtown Florence recording studio, working on projects with former Shooters member Walt Aldridge and recording the debut album of 10-year-old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick. “I don't want to be on the road all the
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CALIFORNIAN: Concerts and Comedy Calendar for Aug. 18-24, 2011 - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Classics 4 Kids ---- The San Diego concert organization, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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Piano prodigy records in Shoals - Times Daily
Google News - over 5 years
If you close your eyes while Ethan Bortnick is playing the piano, you'd swear you were listening to someone who had played for decades. Ethan Bortnick, a ten-year-old piano prodigy, plays Mozart and can quickly switch to Elton John or Little Richard as
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CALIFORNIAN: Concerts and Comedy Calendar for Aug. 11-17, 2011 - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Classics 4 Kids ---- The San Diego concert organization, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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CALENDAR: Clubs and Concerts for Aug. 4-10 Preview - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Classics 4 Kids ---- The San Diego concert organization, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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Preview calendar: Clubs and calendar for July 7-13 - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Classics 4 Kids ---- The San Diego concert organization, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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Preview calendar: Clubs and concerts for June 30-July 6 - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Classics 4 Kids ---- The San Diego concert organization, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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Preview calendar: Clubs and concerts for June 23-29 - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Classics 4 Kids ---- The San Diego concert organization, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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Watch Out, Bieb - Pollstar (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Ethan Bortnick is headlining two nights at the Las Vegas Hilton next month. What's so special about that? Bortnick is only 10-years-old. Hailed as an entertainment prodigy, Bortnick sings, plays the piano, engages his audience with plenty of patter
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Preview calendar: Clubs and concerts for June 9-15 - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Classics 4 Kids ---- The San Diego concert organization, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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Preview calendar: Concerts for June 2-8 - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Classics 4 Kids ---- The San Diego concert organzation, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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Preview calendar: Clubs and concerts for May 19-25 - North County Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Classics 4 Kids — The San Diego concert organzation, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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Preview calendar: Clubs and concerts for May 12-18 - North County Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Classics 4 Kids ---- The San Diego concert organzation, which hosts classical concerts for grade-schoolers, presents 10-year-old pianist Ethan Bortnick; 3 pm Sept. 25; Balboa Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $45 and up; 619-231-2311
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CALENDAR; NEW JERSEY
NYTimes - almost 6 years
A guide to cultural and recreational goings-on around the state this week. Items may be submitted by mail to New Jersey Calendar, Metropolitan, The New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018-1405; or by e-mail to njtowns@nytimes.com. Comedy HASBROUCK HEIGHTS Bananas Comedy Club Steve Marshall. Friday at 9 p.m. $15. Bobby Collins. April
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ethan Bortnick
    CHILDHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 10
    In August 2011, Bortnick recorded his first album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
    More Details Hide Details The album was produced by Grammy award winning songwriter and producer Gary Baker, and his collaborators Matthew Craig and Rob Collier. The album is the soundtrack to the film Anything is Possible, where Bortnick plays the leading role. Bortnick is the host of Melody Street, a 22-minute musical-variety-show for preschoolers. Bortnick and his five best friends, a band of animated musical instruments; Val Violin, Febe Flute, Timmy Trumpet, Heidi Horn and Sammy Snare, entertain kids with humor, songs, skits, interactive games, backstage dramas, celebrity musical guests, while teaching children about the beauty, joy and fun that stems from music.
    On July 22 and 23, 2011, Bortnick made history at the Las Vegas Hilton as the youngest headliner ever in Las Vegas, at ten years of age.
    More Details Hide Details The Las Vegas Hilton Theater has a rich history of presenting such legendary icons as Elvis Presley who performed 837 sold-out shows, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow and Barbra Streisand. Bortnick made history again, performing 2 sold out concerts. A review by the Las Vegas Sun said "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.” Another review stated " 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."
    On August 23, 2011, Bortnick performed as the opening act for legendary songwriter and composer Marvin Hamlisch in Montreal, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details On February 1, 2010, Bortnick became the youngest artist to record with some 70 artists, the song "We Are the World 25 for Haiti". This was the 25th anniversary of the original recording. Produced by Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and others, this new recording will help the country of Haiti. Ethan, at age 9, was the youngest artist and recorded the song with the following artists Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Harry Connick Jr., Justin Bieber, Carlos Santana, Pink, will.i.am, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, LL Cool J, Robin Thicke, Akon, Rob Thomas, Wyclef Jean, Jeff Bridges, Vince Vaughn, Jordin Sparks, Good Charlotte's Madden brothers, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, Jamie Foxx, Tyrese, Katharine McPhee, Sean Garrett, Brandy, Melanie Fiona, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, Jason Mraz, Busta Rhymes, Nicole Scherzinger, Nicole Richie, Julianne Hough, Raphael Saadiq, Zac Brown Band, India.Arie, Randy Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Fonzworth Bentley, Kid Cudi, Iyaz, Bizzy Bone, Nipsey Hussle, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Trey Songz, Faith Evans, Mýa and Gladys Knight.
    On May 28, 2011, Bortnick was one of the headliners of the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival.
    More Details Hide Details He performed two, standing room only, headline shows at the festival. Other headliners included Natalie Cole and Herbie Hancock
    On April 11, 2011, Bortnick opened the 27th National Space Foundation Symposium.
    More Details Hide Details It was attended by over 9,000 people in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    On April 2, 2011, Bortnick performed a concert for the Larry King foundation.
    More Details Hide Details Bortnick opened for Mary J. Blige.
    On March 8, 2011, Bortnick performed at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to raise money for the Remax and Children's Miracle Network Auction.
    More Details Hide Details He raised $105,000 in less than 10 minutes, auctioning off 3 private concerts to the highest bidders. This was a record amount for this event.
  • 2010
    Age 9
    Ethan made his PBS concert special debut with "Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine", part of PBS special programming, in August 2010 on PBS stations across the USA.
    More Details Hide Details Filmed at the historic El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, "Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine" puts Bortnick at center stage as he delivers a trip through music’s history from classical to pop and many genres in between. Disco queen Gloria Gaynor joined Ethan for a rendition of her anthem "I Will Survive", while legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval accompanied him on the Louis Armstrong classic "What a Wonderful World." Other performances included the Beatles favorite "Let It Be" and Bortnick’s rowdy take on Little Richard’s "Good Golly Miss Molly." He also introduced the crowd to some of his original compositions, including "Arctic Jazz," a song that delivers an inspirational message to a jazz swing, and "PBS You're The Best," a song which he wrote especially for the network. In the DVD version of this special, Ethan interviewed Quincy Jones. Ethan spent an entire day with Quincy Jones, performing for him and asking him questions about music, life and the future. Quincy Jones stated, "Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable. With such special talent and expressive piano playing, he’s sure to go all the way."
    On December 9, 2010, Bortnick performed at the Haim Saban's IDF Fundraising dinner in Beverly Hills, opening for David Foster and Andrea Bocelli, with reviews that stated "But the most tender part of the night was when 9-year-old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick took the stage to perform.
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    On November 27, 2010, Bortnick performed with Ben Folds and the Nashville Symphony to help raise funds for the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
    More Details Hide Details Ben Folds said, "Yes, Ethan has perfect pitch and photographic memory, has performed with some of the worlds finest, has a repertoire of over 200 songs as well as his own compositions all at the age of nine. But more than that I am struck by is his spirit – his natural wisdom and ability to inspire both musically and personally."
    On November 17, 2010, Bortnick performed in Sao Paulo, Brazil to a sold out crowd.
    More Details Hide Details Reviews were phenomenal in all Brazil media, including reviews such as " the 9 year old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick won the audience from the first moment, acting, playing and singing by himself.
    On November 13, 2010, Bortnick performed at the Delta Awards Ceremony for Children's Miracle Network.
    More Details Hide Details Ethan performed a song he wrote called "It's a Miracle".
    On August 1, 2010, Bortnick performed live at the historic KCET studios during the pledge drive.
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    On April 16, 2010, Bortnick performed at the Children Mending Hearts Benefit.
    More Details Hide Details Joining Bortnick that evening were Ben Affleck, Five for Fighting, Aisha Tyler, Alyssa Milano and others.
    on February 24, 2010, Bortnick performed at The Grammy Museum a solo show for students.
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    On February 4, 2010, Bortnick opened for Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo, Sam Moore, David Archuleta for a Super Bowl Party at Miami's Eden Roc Hotel, raising money for various children's charities.
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  • 2009
    Age 8
    On October 22, 2009, Bortnick performed for OneXOne to help raise money to help fight hunger, health issues and preserve the lives of children locally and globally.
    More Details Hide Details Ethan opened the show for such musical acts as Josh Groban, Santana, and Snow Patrol. During Ethan's performance, he dedicated a song he wrote, called "It's for the Kids". Others that enjoyed Ethan's performance were Charlize Theron, Jeremy Piven, Mia Hamm, Laila Ali and many more On October 24, 2009. Bortnick opened for Josh Groban at a private event in San Francisco. Ethan performed for 45 minutes and then Josh performed.
    On October 12, 2009, Bortnick was the headline performer at Nokia Theater at LA Live.
    More Details Hide Details He is the youngest performer, at 8 years old, to headline his own show at LA Live. His almost 2 hour show was backed by members of Billy Joel's band. Bortnick performed with Mark Rivera, Tommy Byrnes, Chuck Burgi, Andy Cichon, and David Rosenthal. Over 4,000 people were in attendance. This event was sponsored by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, and Ethan wrote a new composition for the group, which he performed, named "A Hug Song". The president of NAHC wrote a letter to Ethan with comments such as ".. one of the best experiences of my life. "your showmanship was second to none. ".. could only be described as a tour de force. The following day, as part of the NAHC events, Ethan dined with Colin Powell and a few other members of the NAHC.
    On September 16, 2009, Bortnick performed, as the sole entertainer, for the Annual Benefit Event of American Friends of Lubavitch, one of the premier evenings on the Washington Social calendar.
    More Details Hide Details Attendees included Ambassador Nancy Goodman Brinker,Congressman John Lewis, Senator Joe Lieberman, Senator Arlen Specter and many others. Reviews of Bortnick's performance said " highlight of the evening was certainly the phenomenal entertainment by... Ethan Bortnick. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when he dedicated "God Bless America"."
    On September 13, 2009, Bortnick performed at a private dinner to help raise funds for OneXOne.
    More Details Hide Details In attendance were President Bill Clinton, Matt Damon, Elvis Costello and many others. At the event, President Clinton said, "Maybe if I get really lucky young Ethan Bortnick will play for me another song or two", which Bortnick did.
    On July 12, 2009, Bortnick opened for Sir Elton John, Gladys Knight and Tony Bennett.
    More Details Hide Details This event was to raise money for the Starkey Hearing Foundation and was hosted by Billy Crystal.
    On May 18, 2009, Bortnick performed for the 18th annual Society of Singers Ella Awards, honoring Herb Alpert and Lani Hall.
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    On April 27, 2009, Bortnick performed at a private event for George Davidsohn at the Fontainebleau Hotel backed by members of Billy Joel's band.
    More Details Hide Details Bortnick performed with Mark Rivera, Tommy Byrnes, Chuck Burgi, Andy Cichon, and David Rosenthal. Other performers that night included Howie Mandel and Katy Perry.
    On March 27, 2009 and March 28, 2009, Bortnick performed at Muhammad Ali's event to help raise money in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and other charities.
    More Details Hide Details This event was held over two nights. Bortnick performed both nights. Bortnick, after finding out about the event, composed and wrote a song for Muhammad Ali, entitled "The Champ". After performing the first night, Ali embraced Ethan and everyone began singing "The Champ" with Ethan on stage (unplanned). Forest Whitaker, Josh Groban, Reba McEntire, David Foster, Jordin Sparks and many others went on stage and sang this to Ali.
    On March 3, 2009, Bortnick performed with his friend Mark Rivera, who has been a featured member of Billy Joel's band since 1982 and has toured the world with John Lennon, Peter Gabriel, Simon & Garfunkel, The Eagles, and was Ringo Starr's musical director.
    More Details Hide Details Bortnick and Rivera performed, the day after the kickoff of Billy Joel's and Elton John's Face-to-Face Tour. The performance was in an inner city school to inspire young kids not to get discouraged and find their special gift to the world. The reviews of this performance were as follows: "Ethan stole the show. He's not only an exceptional musical prodigy, but he's charming and self assured. He easily established a rapport with his audience and told jokes. He had the... school students spellbound with his charisma and poise. After a few minutes on stage, I didn't think of him as a kid but a very short adult. His adult body language is uncanny. It was amazing to watch him play with those tiny hands, stretching to form the chords. But he does it with ease and advanced facility with style."
    On February 16, 2009, Bortnick performed in Sydney, Australia.
    More Details Hide Details The reaction and reviews were extremely favorable, with reviews stating "Within minutes Ethan... had the audience laughing with his wit and sense of timing. He has a unique mix of charisma, talent and good sense of humour, and therefore it was phenomenal to see someone of that age able to play piano with such skill and also entertain the crowd.
    On February 4, 2009, Bortnick performed at a fundraiser benefiting the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation with chef Emeril Lagasse.
    More Details Hide Details Bortnick performed a song he wrote for Lagasse entitled "Bam — Kick It up a Notch" and presented the chef with the song’s lyrics.
    On January 10, 2009, and January 11, 2009, Bortnick performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of Andrew Lane.
    More Details Hide Details He was 8 years old and was the youngest performer to ever perform as the piano soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
    On January 6, 2009, Bortnick performed at a dinner hosted by Nancy Pelosi to honor the swearing in of the 111th United States Congress.
    More Details Hide Details Bortnick was the only performer the entire night.
  • 2008
    Age 7
    On October 23, 2008, Bortnick performed for OneXOne to help raise money to help fight hunger, health issues and preserve the lives of children locally and globally.
    More Details Hide Details Matt Damon held an auction at the event with Ethan and Josh Groban. Other performers and celebrities included Santana, David Arquette, Josh Groban, and Wyclef Jean.
    On September 15, 2008, Bortnick became the youngest co-host for the Chabad Telethon.
    More Details Hide Details With Bortnick co-hosting this live telethon, seen by millions of viewers, the telethon raised a record $8 million in one night.
    On October 4, 2008, Bortnick performed to raise money for the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation's Diamond Ball and Concert, featuring Beyoncé Knowles, Smokey Robinson, and Gloria Gaynor at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL.
    More Details Hide Details A record $12 million was raised for the Foundation.
    On June 1, 2008, Bortnick performed a full concert with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, under the musical direction of Andrew Lane.
    More Details Hide Details He was 7 years old and was the youngest performer to ever perform as the piano soloist with the Naples Orchestra.
  • 2007
    Age 6
    On May 30, 2007, Bortnick opened Nelly Furtado's US tour at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details This was her first show in the United States on her tour.
  • 2000
    Born
    Born on December 24, 2000.
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