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The Five Browns A Piano Playing Family

Updated on February 18, 2011

Who are The Five Browns

The Five Browns are a group of Young Adult’s, all in their twenties, who are amazing musicians. What makes The Five Browns so different is that they are all from the same family and they are all pianists.

The home of Keith and Lisa Brown might have been similar to any Utah Mormon home but with one small difference, their house was continually filled with music. Their five children, Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae simultaneously became interested in the piano and have made it their passion in life.

The Five Brown Siblings

"Art in general is expressing something great or grander than life. So we are a conduit for expressing that."  Desirae Brown
"Art in general is expressing something great or grander than life. So we are a conduit for expressing that." Desirae Brown

Meet The Five Browns

The Five Browns

"The family and our relationships are more important than anything else. I think that's kept us really well-grounded." Deondra Brown
"The family and our relationships are more important than anything else. I think that's kept us really well-grounded." Deondra Brown

The Five Browns and Julliard

These musical siblings known as The Five Browns were the first ever to be simultaneously accepted to New York’s Julliard School. This quintet has been described by the New York Post in this way, “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years…When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they'll make you forget about Marshall amps.” The Five Browns are so amazing they simply must be seen to be believed.

 

The Five Browns Are Steinway Artists

The Five Browns are Steinway Artists, which means they have chosen to perform exclusively on Steinway pianos and each owns a Steinway. Other renowned Steinway artists include Sergei Rachmaninoff, Lang Lang, and Duke Ellington.

 

The Steinway goals are to build the best piano possible, at a standard not a price. This means they make no compromise in quality while continually making improvements to the instrument. Steinway has been in business since 1853, where they were started in New York City. In 1880 Steinway established a second factory in Hamburg, Germany and both factories are still producing pianos to date.

 

It is quite an honor to be considered a Steinway Artist.

 

 

The Five Browns and The Gift To Be Simple

Piano Music from The Five Browns

Browns in Blue
Browns in Blue

On Browns In Blue, the many varied and emotional musical shades of the color are on display. From Gershwin's Jazzy Home Blues and Embraceable You, to the classical mood of a Chopin Nocturne and Debussy's Clair de lune, The 5 Browns show why they remain classical music's irresistible new champions.

 

Classical Music For Any Age By The Five Browns

One of the great things The Five Browns have done is to expose classical music to a new audience. Over one third of their audiences have seldom, if ever, attended a concert of classical music, while another third is college age or younger.

They not only have performed in prestigious concerts halls such as Carnegie Hall or the Lincoln Center, but have also performed in school and civic auditoriums, making tickets affordable for families to attend together. Where ever the venue, one thing is for certain, when it comes to a concert given by The Five Browns, it is always  sold out!

 

 

Down to Earth Yet Classical

One of the most charming aspects of The Five Browns is their “down to earth” demeanor.  They are simply five normal young adults who present themselves as they really are. They can be wearing jeans or be dressed in concert attire and still be comfortable performing.  When they sit down to play a look passes between the five of them and they turn from “regular kids” to master musicians.  They are stunning to watch and inspirational to hear. 

Stravinsky's Firebird on 5 Steinway pianos on the Bonneville Salt Flats!

The Five Browns A Mormon Family

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or Mormons, The Five Browns have deep religious convictions and a belief in God.

“I think we definitely all realize that we've been given gifts from our Heavenly Father. I mean, I don't want to preach or anything, but like the parable of the talents, you know, it's what you do with what the Heavenly Father gives you. I want to give everything that I can so that the audience is getting the most worthy of my talents. You know, I don't want to fall short for them or for my God”, explained Melody Brown.

Gregory Brown expressed how he feels, “When I get up on stage, it's sort of the same feeling that I feel, like say when I'm saying a prayer or something. It feels like I'm communicating with something inside me and also a higher source at the same time”

The music itself, as played by The Five Browns comes alive and elicits an emotional response from their listeners. It is hard not to acknowledge a spirit that is felt in general and the gracious gift of musical talent that these young adults truly have been given.

“To bring that music alive, we're expressing it through our spirituality a lot of times. And even if you're not spiritual, I think people feel a grandness of the universe, you know. Sometimes they can relate to it on a different level, but through us it's through spirituality” stated Desirae Brown.

The Five Browns Book Soon To Be Released

In their soon to be released book, Life Between the Keys: The (Mis) Adventures of the 5 Browns, the entertaining prodigies reveal their journey from obscurity to stardom. It explores their most intimate moments along with cherished impressions and memories of their experiences thus far.

The Five Browns have had three #1 albums to date and have spent months at the top of the Billboard Classical Chart.

The Five Browns Performing The Blues

The Five Browns in the News

Mormons are well known for their strict standards and high moral values. Naturally when someone violates these standards as a member of the church it comes under public scrutiny. I echo the words of another who commented, "While much can be said about the modern day influences that are generating a flood of immoral behavior that afflicts so many innocents, ultimately, each person is accountable for their own choices and behaviors regardless of what religion or lack of religion they profess to follow."

I hope that this family can find peace during this time of trial.

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      Circe 

      7 years ago

      Such a shame that Kieth Brown couldn't keep his hands off his daughters.

      http://fresnobeehive.com/2011/02/bizarre_classic.h...

      I hope the girls stay strong and that they learn that not all men are opportunistic abusers.

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      bluecheeky000 

      7 years ago

      amazing work. god bless those kids and never let them give up! Piano must be their life. and they are faqntastic, extroidnary. As a child i'm the best of my age group. but expiereincing this makes me think twice. I will practice much more as i love to play the piano too. never give up!!!!!!!

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      Virginia M. Fyffe 

      8 years ago

      I would love to hearand see them play here in Georgia. Let me know when they will be visiting this area,please?

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      MrMarmalade 

      9 years ago from Sydney

      Great story.

      Last night they had a huge fundraiser on our Horror week in Melbourne and Queensland

      One of the sd stories out of the fire.

      One man and his wife lost everything including all their possesions in their house.

      The part they felt about the most was, that their new Grand Piano went up in the flames.

      Thank you

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      Bocadike 

      9 years ago

      This is certainly an incredible family of musical artists. Where's the justice--all that talent in one family. Simply amazing!

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      In The Doghouse 

      9 years ago from California

      Foodstorage,

      You did see that video before, but it was not working now so I replaced it! lol You are not going crazy...lol The Five Browns doing Flight of the Bumblebee is incredible, but I could not get it to work on here!

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      foodstorage 

      9 years ago from Utah

      Hmmm, I thought I had seen a video of them playing Flight of the Bumblebee and that's why I made that comment. But it's not on this hub. I must have been over-tired when I wrote that. I tend to do too much commenting late at night. haha. It might have been a video of just Gregory. Dang now I feel silly.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I have seen the Five Browns on TV before (maybe 20/20 or something)! As a (former) pianist, I am inspired and jealous. Such wonderful talent and nice people. Thanks for publishing this!

      Steph

    • In The Doghouse profile imageAUTHOR

      In The Doghouse 

      9 years ago from California

      Willis,

      I was wondering the same thing myself! The logistics of five pianos is quite overwhelming in itself! lol The Five Browns are simply amazing however, and practice they did!

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      Willis Whitlock 

      9 years ago

      Where to you put 5 pianos? When do they all practise? That's got to take some organization.

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      In The Doghouse 

      9 years ago from California

      TLC Grandparent,

      The Five Browns are often mentioned in connection with the Osmonds as famous Mormon family entertainers already. This LDS family is talented beyond belief and are something that you just have to experience.

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      TLC Grandparent 

      9 years ago from Maryland, USA

      It's good to know about other LDS families with talent. Maybe they'll be as famous as the Osmond Family? (osmond.com) Thanks for the article.

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      In The Doghouse 

      9 years ago from California

      eovery,

      I believe that hearing the music of The Five Browns could really be inspiring to any budding pianist. These Young Adults are simply amazing!

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      Nancy 

      9 years ago

      An amazing story and about five children creating their own concerts. I love the music of Rachmaninoff.; there's such passion and depth in it.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful story!

    • In The Doghouse profile imageAUTHOR

      In The Doghouse 

      9 years ago from California

      Eddie,

      I have to agree, The Five Browns are amazing! I have never seen or heard anything like this..ever. The music just seems to stir something inside of me, for good. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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      eovery 

      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I will have to show it to my 13 year daughter, she's a piano enthusiest, and I trying get her more involved. She just won our local piano competition, and is now headed to state. Thanks, this will help motivate her. We keep teasing her that she is going to called to the piano player in our small ward. My wife plays for sacrament now.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      In The Doghouse 

      9 years ago from California

      foodstorage,

      I agree, I loved Flight of the Bumblebee! But...when The Five Browns play they all sound awesome! What fun that you knew this group of young adults, but I am sorry you had to compete with them! That would be a total bummer! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Eddie Perkins 

      9 years ago

      Amazing

      Music families always seem to rise to the top.  I’ve often seen/heard in singing, but I’ve seen nothing like this on instruments.

      Thank you for a great hub. ~ eddie

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      foodstorage 

      9 years ago from Utah

      Flight of the Bumblebee is my favorite! These guys are AWESOME! I grew up around them and Gregory was always in the same age groups as I was for competitions. Whenever he was in the same contest I knew I didn't have a chance. Haha.

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