PARTNERS OF HARRIS CENTER
FOLSOM LAKE COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION
Sunday, October 11, 2015; 2:00 pm
“The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Tour” (Guinness World Record). Engaging, charismatic super-talented pianist/vocalist presents an inviting program of classical, jazz and popular music favorites. Youthful international sensation creates unparalleled concert and community engagement opportunity.
Fourteen-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. 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 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.
Ethan has toured the world, connecting with diverse audiences in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, Canada and Australia. In 2011, he made history as the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas. Ethan was recently certified by the Guinness World Records as The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Tour. He has 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 emotional time inspired him to use his musical talents to benefit charity. “I remember going to Miami Children’s 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.
Since then Ethan Bortnick has helped raise over $30,000,000 for nonprofits around the world. At these charity events, he’s shared the stage with such legends as Elton John, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Beyonce, and Reba McEntire, among many others. In 2010 he joined some of music’s biggest names – including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, the 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.