Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bluebird Patch Teens Interviews Piano Prodigy Ethan Bortnick


MUSIC CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!


Hello everyone, my name is Audrey and I'm the new TEEN contributor of the Bluebird Patch! I'm so excited that I was able to do this interview with Ethan, and now I get to share it with you. Ethan Bortnick is an amazing pianist, composer, entertainer, singer, and humanitarian who is 13 years old. 

Ethan currently holds the Guinness World Record for Youngest Solo Musician to headline his own Tour. He was named one of Oprah's “All Time Smartest and Most Talented Kids” and is coming to the Buckhead Theatre on April 13 to give an exclusive performance. 

In “The Power of Music”, Ethan performs a range of music that appeals to people of all ages. Hear songs from The Beatles to Elton John to Broadway, from Chopin to Neil Diamond, from Michael Jackson to Motown to rock 'n roll, and everything in between.

Now, let's here what Ethan has to say:

Q: Tell me a little bit about your background.
A:Well, I was born in Florida, and I live in Florida. My parents are from the Ukraine and they moved to America, and I enjoy playing the piano.

Q: How did you discover your love for music?
A: One day I saw a lot of older kids playing piano at my school and I was curious of what it was like. So, I asked my parents when I was 3 if I could have piano lessons, but they actually said no. So what happened was that I took out a little plastic keyboard. I got to like my 2nd birthday, and then I got to all of the music that I heard on the tv and radio I started coping down on my little toy keyboard. And after that, I showed my parents and they said we're getting you piano lessons Ethan. And that's how it started.

Q: How important for you to help others. What are some of the organizations that you are very fond of?
A: Well, I really think that it is important to help others especially with music and really I've seen how music changes the world and changes peoples lives. I really think that it is important to use all of our talents. It doesn't have to be music, I mean if you're good at cooking, or you're good at art or you're good at sports. Whatever it is as long as you use your talents to help other people, I think that it's really great. So, its really great to work with a lot of amazing foundations and organizations that work to help. There's Juvenile Diabetes Fundraiser, The American Cancer Society, U.S.O., Children's Miracle Network, One by One, and a lot more but those are some.

Q: You're doing things that kids your age don't necessarily do. What are a few things that you like to do in your free time?
A: Let's see: Video games, reading, sports, playing with my brother, playing with friends, drawing, eating, going to school, breathing, walking, all that type of stuff. You know, just regular kid stuff.

Q: I've heard that you can play a piece of music after only hearing it once. It is true?
A: Yes!

Q: Who are your influences in music?
A:Well, I really didn't have any influences when I was 3, because I was 3. I guess every person that I hear, I mean really all artist inspire me to do different things. From preforming to writing songs to getting up on stage, many artist influence and inspire me in many different ways.

Q: If you could change one thing about the world what would you change about it and why?
A: I guess I would change all the bad people into good people.

Q: Have you been thinking about going to college?
A: I don't know because that's like in 6 years or something. Really, I don't like to plan so far ahead. I guess, I just want to continue doing this for as long as I can. But, I don't know: we'll see in 6 years.

Q: Who is the one person that inspires you the most?
A: I guess it would be my brother. Because everyday when I see that he's healthy and happy and he's running around and playing sports, having a smile on his face he's the one that inspires me to do what I do.

Q: If you weren't doing music what do you think you might be doing right now?
A: I would probably be in school right now.

Q: What is the one thing that you always have to have with you?
A: My laptop.


Would you rather.....
Salty or sweet: salty
Ice Cream or Froyo: Ice Cream
Indoors or Outdoors: Indoors
Twitter or Instagram: Instagram
Xbox or Playstation: Xbox
Cats or Dogs: Dogs
Summer or Winter: Winter
Gummy Bears or Chocolate: Chocolate
Tablet or Smartphone: Tablet
Sunglasses or Hats: Sunglasses
Minecraft or Terraria: Minecraft
Roller coasters or Water parks: Water parks
Burgers or Pizza: Burgers
Cupcakes or Cookies: Cookies
LA or New York :LA

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