The international jury of TROMP 2018

TROMP has an excellent history of internationally acclaimed jury's, including world famous percussionists.

Michael Burritt | USA

Michael Burritt has been soloist with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Ju Percussion Group (Taiwan) among others. He also performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Chicago Symphony, The Rembrandt Players, and the The Penninsula Music Festival Orchestra. He has three solo recordings - Perpetual, and Shadow Chasers and recently released his third entitled Waking Dreams on the Resonator Records label. He has been a featured artist at seven Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. In 1992 he presented his New York solo debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and in 1998 performed his London debut in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

His works for solo marimba have become standard repertoire for the instrument and are frequently required repertoire on international competitions. He has been commissioned by The World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart Germany, The Paris International Marimba Competition and the Third Coast Percussion Quartet among others.

Michael Burritt is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors, a contributing editor for Percussive Notes Magazine and the chairman of the PAS Keyboard Committee. He is currently Professor of Percussion and head of the department at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Prior to his appointment at Eastman Mr. Burritt was Professor of Percussion at Northwestern University from 1995-2008 where he developed a program of international distinction.

Martin Grubinger | Austria

Austrian multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger possesses an unusually broad repertoire ranging from solo works and chamber music with partners including his own Percussive Planet Ensemble, to percussion concertos. His technical perfection, enthusiasm and musical versatility make his performances to real ‘must-see’ events.

He got invitations to Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, SWR Sinfonieorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg among many others. This year he works with Dresdner Philharmonie and their chief conductor Michael Sanderling and with Wiener Symphonikern and Gustavo Gimeno. Amongst the growing number of works written for Grubinger are Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time (2007) and Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto (2008), performed and recorded with the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Peter Eötvös on Kairos, as well as Tan Dun’s concerto, Tears of Nature (2012). Spring 2014 saw the German premiere of Eötvös’ Speaking Drums with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer.

Winner of multiple prizes, Martin Grubinger is recipient of the Bernstein Award by the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and the prestigious Jeunesses Musicales’ Würth Prize. Grubinger’s first CD, Drums‘n’Chant was soon followed by a live recording of The Percussive Planet on DVD, both for Deutsche Grammophon. He has since recorded a number of projects for various labels.

Photo: Felix-Broede

Momoko Kamiya | Japan

Japanese marimbist Momoko Kamiya is director of the percussion department at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, the largest percussion department of the music universities in Japan. She is also regularly invited as a guest professor at the Tokyo College of Music and the Elizabeth Music University, and faculty at the Kunitachi College of Music.

Momoko Kamiya first received international recognition when she was awarded the first prize at the Luxembourg International Marimba competition in 1995. The Toyota Foundation selected her as one of “The Top Young Artists Today” in 2001. In 2005 she was recognized by Kawasaki City, Japan for her distinguished musical activities and received the Azalea Cultural Prize.

She actively presents concerts and masterclasses throughout Japan and abroad. She has served on the juries of international competitions in 10 countries, including the TROMP competition. In 2008, she had her New York City debut in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has made numerous concerto performances with major orchestras in Japan, Europe and Asia. Momoko Kamiya has released five recordings on the Phillips label. Her most recent CD, Pieces of Peace, has been released by the Classic Concert label in 2011.

Arnold Marinissen | The Netherlands

Arnold Marinissen is a praised percussionist, who as a composer likes to write for voices and the multi-coloured family of percussion instruments. He composed for Asko|Schönberg, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Ives Ensemble, Orgelpark, Club Guy & Roni and the Dutch film Bernard among others. New work was recently performed by Slagwerk Den Haag, Silbersee, the Insomnia Percussion Trio and by the percussion duo Niek KleinJan/Konstantyn Napolov in the NJO Music Summer.

As a solo percussionist and in chamber music Arnold Marinissen has performed extensively. He was artist in residence at De Doelen in Rotterdam, guest at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam and at festivals all over Europe, in Boston, Shanghai, London, Russia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Uzbekistan.

Record label BVHaast released three solo CDs by Marinissen, Traces of CulturesLayered Rhythms and Percussionist Songs. The press about these CDs: "The infectious delight Marinissen brings to performances of contemporary music", "percussionist extraordinaire Arnold Marinissen ...”, “A wonderful collection of stimulating solo percussion performances." 

A direct contact and exchange with performers inspires Arnold Marinissen. He is staff member at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, programmed the 2012-13 season for the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, and was founder and leader of the Dutch ensemble Lunapark/Lunatree, together with Anthony Fiumara.

Mark Pekarsky | Russia

Mark Pekarsky is a legendary Russian percussionist. He was born in Moscow and graduated from the Gnessins Musical-Pedagogical Institute (now the Russian Academy of Music). As a student Mark Pekarsky performed with the Opera-Symphony Orchestra of Radio & TV Moscow and later joined the Moscow Ensemble of Early Music "Madrigal".

In 1976 he founded the first Russian percussion ensemble, with a choice of 200 scores composed for the ensemble by several generations of Russian composers. "‘A catalyst for Russian composers' creative activity", according to The Berlin Newspaper Tagesspiegel.

As a soloist and the leader of the Percussion Ensemble, Mark Pekarsky took part in such festivals as Berliner Festwochen, Warsaw Autumn, Internationale Junifestwochen in Zurich, Helsinky Festival, Settembre Musica in Torino, Wien Modern, Ferte de la Percussion and Maison de Radio France and "Presenses" in Paris.

His master classes and seminars all over Russia and abroad have made Mark Pekarsky a 'center of attraction” for percussionists. Pekarksy also started the famous Pekarsky Percussion Project devoted to the problems of modern percussion repertoire in 2000. Since 1997 Mark Pekarsky is a professor at the Moscow Conservatory and he gives master classes and seminars all over Russia and abroad.

Emmanuel Séjourné | France

Emmanuel Séjourné is a percussionist and a composer. Acclaimed by members of the percussion community, his works have been commissioned or recorded by many artists including Bogdan Bacanu, Christoph Sietzen, Alexej Gerassimez, Gary Cook, Ju-Percussion group, Nancy Zeltsman, Marta Klimasara and Katarzyna Mycka.

Simultaneously, Emmanuel Séjourné makes a career as an instrumentalist. His ensemble Noco Music with saxophonist Philippe Geiss was awarded the European Audiovisuel Grand Prix. As a soloist, as well as with the ensemble Accroche-Note, he has performed all over the world and premiered over a hundred pieces of music (Donatoni, Manoury, Fedele, Hurel…) including concertos, chamber music and solos.

Eager to share and communicate his passion, Emmanuel Séjourné is also Head Teacher of Percussion Department at the Strasbourg Academy of Music/ Conservatory. His Master Classes are extremely sucessful in all major music conservatories in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Ruwen Yang | China

Ruwen Yang is a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Master Supervisor and Deputy Director of the Department of Modern Instruments and Percussion. In his leadership role he has made major contributions in subject and teaching materials development, as well as discovery and education of talent. He is renowned for being at the forefront of percussion education with his scientific and precise teaching method. Prof. Yang’s students have won more than 30 international and over 40 national awards, putting mainland Chinese percussionists on the map both in China and overseas. 

As a performer, Ruwen Yang plays both Chinese traditional, Western classical and modern percussion works. In addition, he has commissioned numerous contemporary compositions. He has collaborated with artists and ensembles including Wenzhong Chou, Quincy Jones, Luc Besson, L’Orchestre National de France, and Berlin Modern Opera. He was the judge of The Fourth and Fifth World Marimba Competitions, International Great Chinese Marimba Competition (Taiwan, 2011), The Third and Fourth Greek International Youth Solo Percussion Competitions, and Singapore Chinese International Percussion Competition.

In addition, Prof Yang appears on films and CD recordings including The BanquetShaolin TempleSister DrumFirst Emperor of QinLei Feng TowerParamitaSomething the Lord MadeHomeXing Cao, and was interviewed by television, radio, newspapers and magazines around the world. Prof. Ruwen Yang, whose shows always cause great sensation all over the world, is said to be an “exceptional world-class percussionist”.