Ethan Bortnick was born in Hollywood, Florida, but his prodigious talent as a classically trained pianist made his childhood international. At three, he could replicate Mozart on his keyboard due to his perfect pitch and started composing three years later. He appeared on multiple national and international television shows including Oprah and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which led to claiming a Guinness World Record aged nine as the youngest-ever person to headline a solo concert tour and landing his own PBS Television concert special series. Despite success and validation at every turn before and during his teenage years, Bortnick never lost his hunger for music. But solitude was necessary to distinguish his future from his past—to define the artist he wanted to become. When the pandemic hit, Bortnick was able to press pause on his touring commitments and focus on production with multi-instrumentalist and producer Dylan Edmunds, his frequent collaborator. With Edmunds, Bortnick wrote his November 2021 single “cut my fingers off.” The reaction to “cut my fingers off” was overwhelming, and the explosive reception of August’s thumping, primally romantic single “engravings” proved it wasn’t a fluke, garnering Ethan 4 million new followers on Tik Tok in 2022. Bortnick is bound to cast an even wider influence in 2023 with his most vulnerable and raw offerings yet.