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Seven-year-old piano prodigy featured on ‘Little Einsteins’

Posted Oct 08 2008 12:00am

Ethan Bortnick

Disney Channel/Heidi Gutman

Ever wonder what you’re child’s talents will be?

Ethan Bortnick’s mom didn’t have to wonder for long. When Ethan was 3, he taught himself how to play the piano using the “Baby Einsteins” DVDs. He’s been composing his own music since he was 5 and now, at age 7, has memorized over 200 songs.

Ethan’s been seen on Oprah, Ellen and Jay Leno – just to name a few. He’s shared the stage with Beyonce Knowles, Gloria Gaynor and Nelly Furtado.

You, and the kids, can listen to this child prodigy’s latest work on “Little Einsteins” (Craig’s all-time favorite TV show) this Saturday at 8 a.m. ET/PT.

Want to know more about Ethan? Read the interview with him below.

Q: When did you begin playing the piano?

A: I started about when I was 3 or 4 years old. But my parents only gave me lessons when I was 4.

Q: Do you have favorite songs or composers?

A : I love all types of music. When I started, I love Mozart, but now I love all types. I am now playing John Lennon, Billy Joel, Elton John, and still doing a lot of jazz and classical music. If it’s fun, it’s fun!

Q: How much time do you spend practicing?

A: Sometimes I don’t practice at all and sometime I get excited and spend 2 or 3 hours on a piano. It depends what I feel like doing.

Q: What do you enjoy about playing music?

A: I love the sound of the music. I love how it makes me feel and how it makes the people that listen feel. I don’t know… it’s just fun! Really fun!

Q: Have any advice to other children learning to play an instrument?

A: Yes! Have fun and don’t do it unless you will have fun. Also, you should try different instruments to see which one YOU love.

Q: Who would you most like to perform with?

A: I have performed or opened for many great musicians like Patti Labelle, Gloria Gaynor, Nelly Furtado, Natalie Cole and many more.. It would be cool to perform with Mozart, but he is not here anymore… It would be great to perform with as many people as possible.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

A: I love playing with my Brother and my cousins. I love drawing and I also love to swim. I love to collect little toy animals (I have thousands) and I love going to the zoo.

Q: Do you have siblings? Pets?

A: Yes, I have a 2-year-old Brother – Nathan. I don’t have any pets – YET!

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: I want to be a ZooKeeper and play music for all the animals.

Q: Who’s your favorite character on “Little Einsteins?”

A: I love them all. Each one has something cool. Rocket ship is cool too!!

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