You might be wondering why I use past tense for this group. Yes, they are disbanded and have gone their own way. 'Isn't this normal?' you may ask. Well, yes, it is part of our live for things to come and go. But for this case, it is quite sad and might as well be a good lesson for many of us to think.
As mentioned above, Horn Pure was a highly dedicated in performing horn ensemble music from Thailand. Since its inception in 2009, they went on to win competition both nationally and internationally. The most notable prize was First Prize Winner of International Horn Symposium (IHS) Ensemble Competition 2010 in Brisbane, Australia. They were subsequently invited to appear as a feature ensemble the IHS 2012 in University of North Texas and IHS 2014 in London to a critical acclaim.
Here are some articles about this group.
- John Ericson's Horn Matter - http://hornmatters.com/2011/04/more-on-horn-pure/
- 2 parts interview by James Boldin's horn world: Part 1, Part 2, blog dedicated to Horn Pure.
What made them won the competition and became more known was not only how well they played, they performed some of selected pieces by memory!! Very impressive back at that time.
Here are video recordings of their performances from IHS 2012 and 2014.
- Firstly, surviving as professional musician is difficult and especially in a place where there are limited supports. At the end, we all need steady in come in order to survive. One could argue that we could try doing it for the art/dream sake but how long can you keep it on for? Some balance need to be made.
- My next question is, would they be able to survive if they were in other countries with more support such as European countries or here in the US? Honestly, I don't know. They may or may not. But, it will surely be easier and it would be harder to burn out.
- In the world now, funding for arts seem to be the first thing that get cut. If that is the case, being in any place in the world would be almost the same. What should we do?
- Being creative in presenting or to find something new, and to stay active are, of course, one of ways to be able to survive. But if we look closely to those ensembles in my previous posts, all of them have their own full-time job where they earn steadily. True, there are string quartets, or soloist who could earn their living through performing only but would this happen to everyone? And can you really do that with horn ensembles? I am not sure.