18 Nov 2018
TROMP 2018 Finale

TROMP 2018 Finale


Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

€ 15

Elliott Gaston-Ross, Kai Strobel & Nikolay Ivanov

conductor: Daníel Bjarnason, hosted by: Ab Nieuwdorp

In this exciting closing concert, the three finalists each performed a programme that included the new mandatory finale work for solo percussion and chamber orchestra with Asko|Schönberg. The finalists completed their performances with one work for percussion solo of one's own choice with a max. duration of 10 minutes. As the jury left for their final assessment, the press jury and the audience voted for their winners.

The finalists

Nikolay Ivanov  (1995)studied at the CRR Conservatoire Maurice-Ravel in Paris with Jean-Baptiste Leclère, among others, and at the CRR Saint-Maur-des-Fossés conservatory. Currently het studies at the Geneva University of Music with Christophe Delannoy, Philippe Spiesser, François Desforges and Claude Gastaldin. He won the third prize (2014) and first prize (2012) in the International Percussion Competition of Timișoara in Romania. In Bulgaria, his country of birth, he won the first frize for three consecutive years in the International Youth Music Competition “Hopes, Talents, Masters’ in Dobrich (2010, 2008, 2007) and the first prize in the PENDIM International Competition for percussion instruments in Plovdiv in 2009. Nikolay performs with Percussion ensemble Accent in Bulgaria, Germany and France.

Elliott Gaston-Ross (1998) was born in Great Britain, but currently studies at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz with Bogdan Bacanu and Leonhard Schmidinger. In 2014 he was Percussion Winner & Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition and in 2015 he was a semi-finalist and the recipient of the Wave Quartet Award in the PercussivLinz International Marimba Competition. Elliottperformed with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, among others. Currently he performs with the Bruckner Orchester Linz as the 'Akademie' percussionist. His concerto debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was broadcasted live on BBC 4 television and BBC3 radio

Kai Strobel  (1992), born in Germany studied at the University of Music in Stuttgart with Marta Klimasara. Currently he studies in Austria at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz with Bogdan Bacanu and Leonhard Schmidinger. Kai is a laureate of the German Jugend Musiziert and won the first prize and audience award in the PercussivLinz International Marimba Competition in 2015. In 2014 he was a  semi-finalist in the ARD International Music Competition. Kai performed as a soloist with the Lübecker Philharmoniker and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen among others, and recorded with Wave Quartet and trumpet player Simon Höfele.

New compulsory work by Daníel Bjarnason

Daníel Bjarnason composes the new mandatory final work for the TROMP competition in 2018, which will be performed by the three finalists. Bjarnason is a multi-talented composer, conductor and curator and works with indiebands (Sigur Rós, Efterklang) as well as orchestras like the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Daníel Bjarnason is composer-in-residence at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.

Asko|Schönberg, leading ensemble for new music

Asko|Schönberg performs music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in a variety of settings. The music they play includes work by well-established composers like Andriessen, Gubaidulina, Boulez, Kurtág, Ligeti and Stockhausen, as well as new works from the youngest generation. The ensemble has a large number of working alliances with theatre and opera companies as well as opera houses and regularly performs in a wide range of concert halls in the Netherlands and abroad, also as a regular guest in festivals in Cologne, Krakow and Paris among others. 

In addition to its conductor Reinbert de Leeuw and permanent guest conductor Etienne Siebens, Asko|Schönberg also regularly works with Oliver Knussen, Clark Rundell, Bas Wiegers and Christian Karlsen.

Download the complete programma notes (in Dutch) as a .pdf.

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