We all know Mozart’s great. The stories are legendary to musicians and non-musicians alike. We also all know that Mozart was a child prodigy. In fact, he is probably the most famous child prodigy… of all time! But may he be forced to post-humously relinquish his title? Is it possible that there’s an “up and comer” who has more to offer than Mozart?
Enter Ethan Bortnick… Kid Pianist and Philanthropist
Ethan, who is now 12 years old, began playing piano at the age of 3 and composing music at the age of 5. Sound familiar?
Ethan also holds the Guinness World Record for Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Tour and has sold out some of the most prestigious performance venues in the world. Sound familiar? Sound familiar… again?
But there’s more to Ethan than accolades and ability… and this is where he may have just one-upped Mozart…
Ethan Has Raised $30 000 000 For Charity
I’m not going to say Mozart didn’t leave a legacy, but you have to give props to a 12 year old pianist who is using his musical talents to literally change the world.
His philanthropic journey began after watching his brother undergo three heart surgeries and after visiting the hospital and seeing other children who were battling illness. It was enough to set him off on an incredible journey that would see him support Miami Children’s Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club, Starkey Hearing Foundation, ONEXONE, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, among many others.
Can We Follow in Ethan’s Footsteps?
As piano teachers working with young children, we have so many opportunities to follow in Ethan’s footsteps. We don’t have to equal his charitable success… but rather his charitable heart.
Do you and your students use music to give back to your community or help others in need? We’d love to hear about your efforts in the comments below!