Meet & share with top musicians (from) all over the world!
Discover upcoming talents at the TROMP international percussion competition and experience today's leading artists at the TROMP Percussion Eindhoven festival.

Dr. Ir. Theo Tromp founded the Tromp Biennial in Eindhoven in 1970 because he felt young people had too few opportunities. Over forty years later the TROMP International Percussion Competition has become the leading competition for solo percussion in the world, the ideals of its founder close at heart, creating opportunities and a stage for young percussionists from around the world.

TROMP also invests in new audiences and repertoire for percussion. Every edition, compositions are commissioned to leading composers and new audiences are invited to visit the festival. TROMP provides master classes in solo percussion repertoire with members of the jury and laureates for potential candidates in Boston, Shanghai, Moscow and Tokyo during the Repertoire Days, previous to the competition.


"I got the opportunity to travel all over the world, meet great people and work with composers."

Dominique Vleeshouwers
TROMP winner 2014

TROMP invites talented percussionists around the world to apply for the competition, not just to compete for trophies but to meet as colleagues. The TROMP competition is praised by participants for the relaxed atmosphere in which close friendships and special collaborations are forged.

"Exchanging our ideas and sharing our music was just so inspiring and amazing!”

Maiko Hosada (Japan), participant TROMP 2012


Investing in the future careers of the winners, TROMP provides various concert engagements in internationally acclaimed concert halls and fes- tivals, both solo and with prestigious international ensembles. Among the laureates of TROMP are renowned musicians like Claire Edwardes (Australia), Yi-Ping Yang (Taiwan) and Alexej Gerassimez (Germany). All winners have proven to be excellent musicians, with emerging careers.

TROMPs membership of the very selective World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC), which is only on invitation, reflects a global recognition: "The level of professional development for the careers of the most talented young percussionists by TROMP is highly admired by the World Federation of International Music Competitions. "


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The festival happens simultaneously to the competition in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and various locations throughout the city. It offers young talent the chance to meet with and perform alongside internationally known percussionists. Showing various manifestations of percussion, leading artists perform in unique line-ups and crossovers, from classical to dance and pop music. The past editions featured artists like Glenn Kotche, Jeff Mills, NOISIA, Han Bennink, Gary Burton, Stewart Copeland, Pete Lockett, Keith Carlock, Les Tambours du Bronx and Slagwerk Den Haag.

TROMP laureates are also invited to perform in the festival as solo artists or with their ensembles, special projects or alongside laureates of other competitions or even world famous musicians. Fist prize winner of TROMP 2012 Alexandre Esperet performed with his Trio SR9 alongside the New York percussion ensemble Sõ Percussion. First prize winner of 2014 Dominique Vleeshouwers performed with his project Playground in club nights and he performed in classical concerts alongside Arthur & Lucas Jussen and Lavinia Meijer.

The festival ends with the TROMP 2018 Finale as a festive and exciting gala concert with the announcements of the competition winners. Finalists and laureates perform with renowned ensembles like Asko|Schönberg.

TROMP 2016 aftermovie

Concert in the wood workshop of Piet Hein Eek

Jeff Mills with Sõ Percussion and The Hague Philharmonic at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

Dominique Vleeshouwers Playground project


Join the club! Partnerships


The TROMP Competition has gathered a group of loyal Friends over the years. In existence since 1986, this Society of Friends has strengthened their bond by becoming a foundation.

The primary aim of the foundation is to increase interest in TROMP Percussion Eindhoven. One way in which this is achieved is the donation of several prizes and coordination of the youth jury. The Friends are primarily responsible for organising host families with which the participants can stay for the duration of the competition.


In order to achieve all of this, we need your support. You can become a member of our Society of Friends for just € 15 per year (€ 25 with partner). (Of course larger donations are always welcome!). Your contribution will not only support the musical climate in Eindhoven, but also provide you with attractive concessions including a discount on entrance tickets during the TROMP competition and festival and you are welcome to join us at the annual Friends' concert. You are more than welcome to join our Society of Friends.


Mrs. Maud van der Wiel (secretary)
Amerikalaan 75, 5691 KC Son
T. +31 (0)499 477147, E. maud.vanderwiel@planet.nl


Contact information

TROMP Percussion Eindhoven
P.O. Box 615
5600 AP Eindhoven
The Netherlands

E. info@tromppercussion.com
T. +31 (0) 40 26 55 666
F. +31 (0) 40 26 55 601

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