Earlier this week, 11-year-old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick was presented with an official Guinness World Records certificate declaring him the "Youngest Musician to Headline a Solo Concert."
Bortnick, who began playing the piano at the age of three and composing at the age of five, received the certificate for his role as headliner during his concert at the Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, Illinois, on Oct. 3, 2010, at the age of 9 years, 9 months and 9 days old.
In addition, the Hollywood, Florida, native has also opened for and performed alongside such musical giants as Elton John, Andrea Bocelli and Beyoncé at a variety of charity events and has helped raise over $30 million for non-profit organizations all over the world.
According to his website, the first time Bortnick was inspired to lend his talent to a charitable cause occurred at the age of five while he watched his younger brother undergo three heart surgeries and recalled the event, saying, "I remember going to Miami Children's Hospital and seeing a lot of sick children. I learned that some of these kids could not afford surgery so the hospital raised money for them."
He also said, "It made me want to help these kids. If you have a talent, use it to help someone."
Since receiving his World Record, Bortnick plans on continuing his journey of music and philanthropy by embarking on a 22-city American tour called "It's All About Music" where a portion of the tour's ticket sales will be donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
In addition, a portion of the sales from his new single, "It's All About Music," will also go towards the same cause.
Learn more about Bortnick and his incredible journey by heading here.