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The 5 Browns
The 5 Browns — Deondra, Desirae, Gregory, Melody, and Ryan Brown — are siblings, formerly of Utah. Rather than some children taking their early music study to heart and others falling by the wayside, as is the case in most typical families, all five kids took to the piano well enough that each was eventually accepted into the Juilliard School of Music.
Faced with navigating five young talents on to traditional concert careers, the 5 Browns' parents and manager devised a show in which all five were able to participate and show their stuff as a group. The response to the 5 Browns was immediate and positive, particularly from young people — most of whom had never seen the inside of a concert hall. Their first RCA release, simply titled The 5 Browns, was an immediate hit and was listed in second place on Billboard's classical charts overall in 2005.
Although the 5 Browns do perform 10-handed arrangements together, in the course of a live recital Desirae and Deondra also work in tandem, while Gregory, Melody, and Ryan take solo turns. Jaded classical critics usually turn up their noses at this sort of thing, but so far, the 5 Browns have not fared too badly with the critics. There is real musicality, and individuality, found among all five, and the fact that the 5 Browns pack concert venues with enthusiastic young kids can do nothing but good for the future of classical music.
The 5 Browns have been Steinway Artists since 2005.