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11-year-old pianist sets Guinness record

posted 26 Jul 2012, 14:12 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 26 Jul 2012, 14:13 ]

11-year-old piano prodigy, Ethan Bortnick, sets the Guinness World Record as the youngest solo musician to headline his own concert tour.

USA/FILE-PIANO PRODIGY - A child prodigy plays the music of another young piano genius.

Mozart's "Alla Turca" was the first piece of music Ethan Bortnick learned to play on his toy keyboard.

Ethan Bortnick, pianist, saying:

"On the little toy keyboard, I was playing everything that I heard I would just start mimicking on it. But I was very bad because my little keyboard, it was like ten keys, but then I learned it for real - but after my parents saw they finally said I could have piano lessons."

The 11-year-old has shared a stage with stars like Beyonce and Elton John and he headlined a show in Las Vegas at the age of nine.

For which he earned the Guinness World Records title of "The World's Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his own Tour".

Now the sixth grader is hitting the road again for a 22 city U.S. tour titled "It's All About Music".

Ethan Bortnick, pianist, saying:

"I'm going to play all kinds of music, classical, jazz, pop, my own music, all kinds of music. I'm also going to do a lot of interactive with the audience."

The "It's All About Music" tour will run from July 27 until September 2.

Tara Cleary, Reuters.