Ethan Bortnick

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. It’s all a natural flow for Ethan, and he’s always relaxed before performances. “I don’t get nervous before a concert,” he says. “I usually play video games and as soon as they say Ladies and Gentlemen Please Welcome...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 children’s keyboard. Around this time he pleaded with his parents 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 original compositions at age five.
 Ethan has been featured on many national television shows, including multiple appearances 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! In 2010, Ethan made history as the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning, nationally-televised concert special on PBS, which aired over 600 times on Public Television stations nationwide.  Legend Quincy Jones has this to say of his songcraft: “Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable.”

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