TROMP 2018 competition

The 2018 edition of the TROMP International Percussion Competition will take place at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 8/18 November.


Emil Kuyumcuyan, 1st Prize TROMP 2016 (© Claudia Hansen)

The TROMP International Percussion Competition is open to professional percussionists of all nationalities who are maximum 30 years of age at the start of the competition and have completed their professional education or are currently in the final phase.

Application deadline

May 24, 2018, 23:59 hrs CET, GMT+2

Application checklist

  • a recent live sound recording with 1 work for mallets & 1 work for set-up
  • programme for each round
  • a recent, high quality portrait photograph (>1MB!)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • a copy of your passport
  • your resume
  • create an account


TROMP has an excellent history of internationally acclaimed jury's, including world famous percussionists such as Colin Currie, Evelyn Glennie and Nancy Zeltsman.

During the competition, the participants that haven't been selected to participate in the Finale, will get the opportunity to discuss their performance with jury members, time permitting.

Additionally it has become a tradition that participants not admitted to the Semi-Finals will be offered a chance to perform with the jury members in the TROMP Jury Concert.

The international jury of TROMP 2018

  • Michael Burritt (USA)
  • Martin Grubinger (Austria)
  • Momoko Kamiya (Japan)
  • Arnold Marnissen (The Netherlands)
  • Mark Pekarsky (Russia)
  • Emmanuel Séjourné (France)
  • Ruwen Yang (China)


More information about the Jury


1st Prize

€ 15.000 & concert engagements

2nd Prize

€ 10.000 & concert engagements

3rd Prize

€ 7.000 & concert engagements

Friends of TROMP audience award
€ 3.000

Press Prize
€ 2.000

'The Annelie', prize of the youth jury
€ 1.000

Willem Vos Award
for the best rendition of a composition by a Dutch composer in the 2nd Round: € 500



The TROMP Project Office ensures a relaxed atmosphere in which participants can fully focus on their performance. The Friends of TROMP host families are known for their warm and friendly welcome.

Facilities for TROMP competition participants

  • board & lodging with a host family
  • reimbursement of travel costs (max. € 800)
  • all necessary instruments of the highest professional quality
  • meals or a daily allowance
  • professional recordings, which can be used for promotional purposes
  • a visit to the factory of Adams Musical Instruments

Repertoire Days

TROMP offers the opportunity to prepare the repertoire for the competition, as well as other solo repertoire, in master classes around the world. A chance to meet and share with the TROMP team, jury members and laureates!

Repertoire Days enrolment & info

Competition guide

TROMP 2018 Competition Guide hard copy

Rules & Regulations

Schedule & Repertoire

Competition repertoire

1st Round

Friday 9 November 2018
Saturday 10 November 2018

2nd Round

Monday 12 November 2018

Visit the 1st & 2nd Rounds

Semi Finals

Wednesday 14 November 2018
Thursday 15 November 2018

Visit the Semi Finals

TROMP 2018 Finale

Sunday 18 November 2018

Info & tickets TROMP 2018 Finale