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Ethan Bortnick
Background information
Birth nameEthan Jordan Bortnick
Born (2000-12-24) December 24, 2000 (age 20)
Pembroke Pines, Florida, US
GenresIndie Pop
  • Pianist
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
InstrumentsPiano, Keyboard, Vocals
Years active2003–present
LabelsSun and Sky Records, Alternative Distribution Alliance

Ethan Jordan Bortnick (born December 24, 2000)[1] is an American pianist, singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. At three years old, he discovered a rare set of music skills, including perfect pitch, on his little toy keyboard that eventually led him to appearances on The Tonight Show, Oprah, Disney, Nickelodeon, and his award-winning concert specials on PBS. Ethan has had over 4 national television concert specials, airing at record amounts.[2] On October 3, 2010 (age 9), Bortnick was listed in the Guinness World Records for "The World's Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Concert Tour".[3]

Bortnick has been featured on national and international television programs.[4] He has helped raise over $50 million for charities.[5] In 2011, AEG Network LIVE's broadcast of Ethan Bortnick's Musical Time Machine received two bronze Telly awards and Bortnick received three bronze Telly Awards in 2014 for The Power of Music.[6][7][8][9][10]

Bortnick has headlined over 1,000 concerts across the globe.[2]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bortnick began offering daily live performances on YouTube.[11]

Early life and education

Bortnick was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida. His parents, Hannah and Gene Bortnick, are Jewish immigrants from Ukraine.[12] He attended a Montessori pre-school.[13]


PBS specials

At 9 years old, Bortnick became the youngest artist to have his own National PBS Concert Special The Power of Music.[14] The Power of Music was rated the number-one concert pledge show on public television for 2014–2015.[15] 

In 2017, Bortnick presented the third National PBS television concert "Generations of Music," with a guest appearance by Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia and guided by musical director David Rosenthal, and directed by Leon Knoles.[16]

Bortnick started his own nationwide talent search called "Celebration of Music" in 2017. The show travels to various cities across the United States and allows contestants between the ages of 4 to 24 a chance to compete to win the opportunity to perform in a national television show.[17]

Concert in Las Vegas

On July 22 and 23, 2011, at the Las Vegas Hilton Bortnick became the youngest headliner ever in Las Vegas, at ten years of age.[18][19]

Recorded album

In August 2011, Bortnick recorded his first album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The album was produced by Gary Baker, and his collaborators Matthew Craig and Rob Collier. The album is the soundtrack to the film Anything is Possible, in which Bortnick plays the leading role.[20] [21]

Melody Street

Bortnick was 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, entertained kids with humor, songs, skits, interactive games, backstage dramas, and celebrity musical guests.[22]

Live performances



  • Performed a full concert with the Naples, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, under the musical direction of Andrew Lane.[24]
  • 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. A record $12 million was raised for the Foundation.[25]
  • Co-hosted the Chabad Telethon, which raised $8 million in one night.[26][27]




We are the World – 25 for Haiti

On February 1, 2010, Bortnick recorded with some 70 artists, the song "We Are the World 25 for Haiti". This was the 25th anniversary of the original recording.[47] The song premièred Friday, February 12, during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.


On February 12, 2010, Bortnick was featured in Rolling Stone in an article titled "Preview the New "We Are the World," Plus Meet Nine-Year-Old Singer Ethan Bortnick"[citation needed]

On August 1, 2010, Bortnick was featured in the LIFE section of the USA Today.[14]

On May 1, 2011, Bortnick was featured in the Keyboard Magazine In a section entitled "MAJORminor".[48]

On July 22, 2011, Bortnick was featured in the Las Vegas Review Journal, in the NEON Entertainment section.[49]

In October 2013, Bortnick was on the Esquire Magazine's 80th anniversary cover,[50] titled "The Life of Man"

On November 18, 2013, Bortnick was interviewed for The Flash List, an entertainment Newsletter in the article "Interview with Piano Prodigy Ethan Bortnick"[51]

On November 19, 2013, Bortnick was featured in GAP brand global celebrity ad campaign.

On November 12, 2015, Bortnick was featured in Keyboard Magazine in an article titled "Piano Men Celebrate the Power of Giving"[52] with David Rosenthal.

On August 25, 2017, Bortnick was featured in Broward Family Life,[53] in the entertainment section.




  • 2007: Live in Concert "By Me" Ethan Bortnick
  • 2010: Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine
  • 2014: Ethan Bortnick in Concert: The Power of Music


  • 2008: The Champ
  • 2011: It's all about Music


  • 2015 – 2016: The Power of Music
  • 2010 – 2011: Musical Time Machine


Television and guesting

Awards and nominations

Young Artist Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010[64] Ethan Bortnick Outstanding Instrumentalist Won
Year Ethan Bortnick Award Result
Ethan Bortnick Bob Hope award -The Next Generation of Hope Won

Telly Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011[65] Ethan Bortnick TV Programs/Segments Won

Other awards

On April 1, 2014, Ethan was presented with the Next Generation of Hope Award by the USO.[citation needed]

See also


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