The 5 Browns

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The 5 Browns
The 5 Browns.jpg
Desirae, Deondra, Ryan, Melody, Gregory of The 5 Browns
Background information
OriginAlpine, Utah, United States
Years active2004–present
LabelsRCA Red Seal, Sony Masterworks, E1 Music
MembersDesirae Brown
Deondra Brown
Gregory Brown
Melody Brown
Ryan Brown
The 5 Browns brothers perform at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival Piano Gala

The 5 Browns are a classical piano ensemble consisting of five siblings—two brothers and three sisters. Their repertoire ranges from beloved concert hall staples, such as Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King to lesser known works like Nico Muhly's Edge of the World and John Novacek's Reflections on Shenandoah. In addition to their work on five pianos, The 5 Browns perform and record works for solo piano, two pianos, and in various other combinations.


In descending age order, the Browns are Desirae (born 1979), Deondra (born 1980), Gregory (born 1982), Melody (born 1984), and Ryan (born 1986). All five siblings, the children of Keith and Lisa Brown, were born in Houston, Texas, where each began piano study with Yelena Kurinets at age 3. In 1991, the family moved to Utah, and the children were homeschooled and continued private study there with Irene Peery-Fox.

From 2001 to 2006 the 5 Browns attended New York's Juilliard School, where they studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky.[1] They were the first family of five siblings to be enrolled simultaneously. In February 2002 People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five"[2] at about the same time they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes.[3] The 5 Browns have released 3 CDs that each went to #1 on Billboard Magazine's Classical Album Chart.[4] Their concerts have widely received critical acclaim.[5][6][7]

From 2004 to 2008 they were signed with the RCA Red Seal label (later folded into Sony BMG Masterworks), but for their 2010 release, The 5 Browns In Hollywood, they signed with E1 Music. The 5 Browns are Steinway Artists.[8][failed verification]

A five-piano concerto, Edge of the World by Nico Muhly, was commissioned for performance at the Ravinia Festival by the 5 Browns. The piece premiered in 2011 under the direction of James Conlon with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.[9] They also performed on the Fall 2009 runway of designer Zac Posen for New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion week. The Wall Street Journal noted "Mr. Posen placed the five pianos in a line down the middle of the runway, where the 5 Browns pounded away at complex five-piano arrangements. The result was a show that didn't require any expensive backdrops and would have entertained even without the models."[10]

In 2011, Keith Brown, father and former manager of the group, pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of his three daughters over a period spanning from 1990 to 1998.[11] He was sentenced to 10 years to life on the first count and 15 years to life on the other two counts.[12] In late 2011, Desirae and Deondra Brown formed The Foundation for Survivors of Abuse, a non-profit organization through which they advocate for victims' rights.[13] A documentary on the controversy, The 5 Browns: Digging Through The Darkness, was released in 2018.[14]

The recording of a live concert performance of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with producer Adam Abeshouse, was released in October 2013.[15] The 5 Browns were also featured in the Fall 2013 season 2 of the series “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.[16]


  • The 5 Browns (RCA Red Seal) 2005
  • No Boundaries (RCA Red Seal) 2006
  • Browns In Blue (Sony/BMG Masterworks) 2007
  • 5 Stars: Favorites From The 5 Browns (Sony Masterworks) 2008
  • The 5 Browns in Hollywood (E1 Music) 2010
  • The Rite of Spring (October 1, 2013, Steinway and Sons)[17]
  • Christmas With The 5 Browns 2019


  1. ^ "The Juilliard Journal". February 2012.
  2. ^ "Fab Five". 2002-02-18. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  3. ^ "An American Dream". CBS News.
  4. ^ "Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam, Gov't Mule, the 5 Browns". Billboard.
  5. ^ Richard Storm. "Review: Those 5 Browns strike again – Ticket Sarasota".
  6. ^ "Music". The Washington Post. 2007-11-05.
  7. ^ "5 Browns brings classical to the next generation".
  8. ^ "5 LDS siblings sign recording deal". Deseret News. 2004-05-08. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  9. ^ Music, Classical (2011-08-02). "He's the hottest young composer around. But catching Nico Muhly isn't easy". Chicago Tribune.
  10. ^ "Zac Posen's Runway Show Gets Help From Steinway". The Wall Street Journal. 2009-02-19.
  11. ^ Archived from the original on April 26, 2011. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Martinez, Edecio (1 April 2011). "5 Browns dad Keith Brown sentenced to 10 years to life in sex abuse case". Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Utah Local News – Salt Lake City News, Sports, Archive". The Salt Lake Tribune.
  14. ^ Scheck, Frank (January 22, 2019). "'The 5 Browns: Digging Through the Darkness': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. ^ "The 5 Browns to perform Stravinsky's Rite of Spring". Times Union.
  16. ^ "About Us".
  17. ^ "Utah Local News – Salt Lake City News, Sports, Archive". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on 2013-08-08.

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