The first family of five siblings ever to be admitted to train at The Juilliard School in New York City, The 5 Browns enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in 2002, when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five.” The group, whose albums have spent more than 30 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Classical Album chart, and hit #1 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart with three separate albums – The 5 Browns, No Boundaries and Browns In Blue, the siblings have been covered in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and in the New York Post, who declared, “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years.” The group was also featured in a national television special in 2012 titled “The 5 Browns In Concert,” which aired on PBS stations throughout the country.
“One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years.”
The 5 Browns tour extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, and have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall and the Grand National Theater in Beijing, to Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Hall in Chicago, and Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow. They played in Taiwan for the first time earlier in 2019. Individually and collaboratively, they have soloed with orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. A unique highlight for the quintet was a commissioned work for five pianos written by famed composer Nico Muhly. Under the direction of Maestro James Conlon, the Browns premiered the piece at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The 5 Browns perform an enchanting five-piano version of Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” wondrously arranged by Steinway Artist Greg Anderson, at the New York Steinway Factory.
The 5 Browns spoke about the album to Soundboard producer/host Ben Finane — Editor in Chief at Steinway’s award-winning online music magazine listenmusicculture.com — from the Steinway Factory in New York City.
CHRISTMAS WITH THE 5 BROWNS
Closing in on 15 years since their self-titled 2005 debut heralded them as a revolutionary force in classical music that sparked an ongoing global phenomenon, The 5 Browns - Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – find a unique way to express gratitude and share the joys of the season on their first-ever holiday collection, CHRISTMAS WITH THE 5 BROWNS.
Produced by Grammy Award winner Adam Abeshouse – who previously helmed their 2013 collection THE RITE OF SPRING on the Steinway & Sons label – and recorded at Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey – CHRISTMAS WITH THE 5 BROWNS features fresh, dynamic arrangements of both familiar and lesser known pieces.