Ethan does it all

Ethan does it all

Composer, actor, songwriter and philanthropist Ethan Bortnick is slated to perform at Chabad Fox Chapel’s Spark Gala event Sunday, March 11, at the August Wilson Center. 

Ethan has been making history as one of the youngest musicians, composers and entertainers to headline a concert tour, and has toured in over 100 shows worldwide.  At 10 years old, he has already shared the stage with artists such as  Beyonce, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand and Reba McIntyre, to name a few.  He has made appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has been featured twice on “Good Morning America” and “Oprah.”  

Ethan has also made a name for himself as a philanthropist.  By appearing at benefits and charity galas, he has lent a helping hand to nonprofits around the globe in raising more than $30 million. At each performance, he treats audiences to a mix of popular classics and hits from every era, as well as a few of his own creations.  He also took part in “We Are The World 25 For Haiti,” where he performed alongside Celine Dion, Justin Bieber and the Black Eyed Peas.

 Ethan is performing at the Spark Gala in celebration of Chabad Fox Chapel’s 10th anniversary.  Dan and Ella Ziff and Alex and Tonja Condron will be honored for their leadership, vision and inspiration.

“At 3 years old, Ethan was mimicking everything he heard on television on a small, toy keyboard, and began asking for piano lessons,” said his father, Gene Bortnick. “By the time he turned 4, we got him lessons.”

Ethan just completed writing and recording music for a feature film, in which he stars, to be released in 2012.

“It’s been totally insane,” said his father of Ethan’s schedule. “But we try to get back to Jewish organizations to do concerts, and hopefully inspire other kids.”

Contact Nikki O’Gorman at Chabad Fox Chapel at 412-781-1800 or for more information.