Recognized by the Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Tour,” 14-year-old Ethan Bortnick has toured throughout the world, and has been sharing his musical genius with diverse audiences since he was a child. We are thrilled to have Ethan joining Riviera’s Mayan Mystique voyage for spectacular performances, Q&A sessions, DVD signings and more.
When he was just three years old, 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 note – the musical equivalent of a photographic memory. 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. A few years later, Ethan began making television appearances and touring, connecting with audiences in countries such as South Africa, Japan, Brazil, Canada and Australia.
His deep musical knowledge, broad tastes and staggering talents make his performances engaging for everyone. Onstage, Ethan performs relaxing jazz, dazzling classical music, rock-n-roll and his own memorable originals. He knows hundreds of songs that he can instantly call up to memory. 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,” Ethan said. “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.”
Ethan has not only moved audiences throughout the world as a captivating musician, he is also a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work. 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 explained.
Since then, Ethan 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, Beyoncé, 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. During Ethan’s voyage aboard Riviera, the proceeds of his DVD signings will be donated to one of his charities.
Ethan has also 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.
For Ethan, the most fulfilling aspect of success is bringing people joy. “As long as the audience is enjoying the music, having fun, smiling and dancing, I’m happy and I love it!” he said.
Join us and witness this award-winning teenage pianist, singer and composer as he amazes audiences with his rare talent and amazing musical knowledge this March aboard Riviera!