Victoria Petroff
International journalist and producer

Ethan Bortnick will take part in the Montreux Jazz Festival 2023

Ethan Bortnick's performance in 2017 (Facebook/ethanbortnick)
Ethan Bortnick's performance in 2017 (Facebook/ethanbortnick)

The Montreux Jazz Festival today unveiled the programme for its 57th edition, which will be held from 30 June to 15 July 2023. The cast includes major figures of the current scene, pioneers of the sixties and seventies, monuments of blues and jazz, pop icons and legends in the making. This year festival counts close to 70 artists on its international roster, including Bob Dylan, Sam Smith, Lil Nas X, Norah Jones, Maluma, Janelle Monáe, Chris Isaak, Iggy Pop, Wet Leg, Juliette Armanet, The Rose, Zola, Maisie Peters, Caroline Polachek and world famous Jewish pianist and songwriter Ethan Bortnick.

The Festival format will be more or less the same as last summer, with two paying venues and 9 free stages. (Facebook/montreuxjazzfestival2023)

Ethan Bortnick’s performance will take place on 6 July in the Montreux Jazz Lab, which is celebrating this year its tenth anniversary. The concert on this prestigious stage once again confirms his incredible talent and recognition. Refocused in 2013 to take the pulse of current trends, the former Miles Davis Hall has fully played its role as a trail-blazer. Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man all took to this stage at the beginning of their careers. This year again, a line-up full of promise awaits the Lab audience and beautiful performance from our Jewish star.

We aspire to practice hospitality that leaves time for creativity and favours encounters and multiple inspirations, preserving the human and artistic values at the centre of all our concerns. In the face of this instability and nervousness regarding the future, we wish to offer you this 57th edition as a humble antidote, which we hope will transport you into a timeless bubble, an experience that is both musical and human, and which evokes intense emotions, – says Mathieu Jaton, CEO Montreux Jazz Festival.

As CEO, Mathieu Jaton, 45, has run the Montreux Jazz Festival since 2013.(Facebook/mathieu.jaton.3)

Ethan Bortnick is not the first Jewish musician, who will take part in the Montreux Jazz Festival. But, let’s take a look at his incredible biography. Ethan was born in 2000 in Florida, United States. His parents Gene and Hannah Bortnick are Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. He started to play the piano at three years old and at the age of five he already composed music. According to the Guinness World Records, Ethan became the first youngest person, who launched National PBS concert specials at 9. During his childhood, he took part in a lot of music events, including performance at Chabad of South Broward’s 31st annual Chanukah festival.

Pictured, from left, are Ethan Bortnick, Nathan Bortnick, Gene Bortnick and Hannah Bortnick.(Thebrunswicknews/archive)

In 2010 Ethan recorded the song “We Are the World 25 for Haiti” among 70 world famous artists. This track was performed in the Vancouver Winter Olympics. However, after a dizzying rise career after this success, he was participated in a lot of TV shows such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “The Early Show”, “Good morning America”, “The tonight Show”, “Nickelodeon” and “Disney”. He has played in one concert with Elton John and Beyonce. In 2017, Ethan started his own national talent search called “Celebration of music”.

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Today, Ethan Bortnick has achieved many awards and is fortune is estimated at 5 million dollars. He actively continues to record music as well as tour across the world. And no doubt, that his performance during the Montreux Jazz Festival will be the most colorful and memorable show of this year.

About the Author
Victoria Petroff (Petrova) was born in Moscow, Russia on 27 May 1988 in the diplomatic family. At the age of two, Victoria's family relocated to Czechoslovakia, where she spent her early childhood. She graduated from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv with a Master of Arts in International Journalism. After receiving her education, she studied business-course in London (London City University) and had an internship in the U.S. Embassy. Victoria has over 15 years of experience in the field of media. She worked in different federal (NTV Channel, Channel One Russia, Channel Russia 2) and international media. Her common documentary projects with NBC Sport (USA) were nominated for Emmy Awards. Victoria’s field of work - social and historical topics. In 2015 she joined a film industry. She working in Moscow and in London (UK). The main idea of her projects - to create cultural and social connections between different countries. She wants to tell about historical lessons, which will help to not make mistakes from the past.
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