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 fifty 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

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 Competition


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), Kai Strobel (Germany) and Agostinho Sequeira (Portugal). 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. Alexandre Esperet performed with his Trio SR9 alongside the New York percussion ensemble Sõ Percussion. Dominique Vleeshouwers performed with his project Playground and has devoloped the spectecular show Marching and Breakin' for TROMP.

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

TROMP 2020 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


Many Friends of TROMP ensure that the competition participants receive a warm welcome in Eindhoven and that they are able to stay with a welcoming host family for the duration of the event.

TROMP has gradually gathered a group of close friends over the years. This circle of friends has become even closer since 1986, when it formed an official foundation with the main objective of stimulating interest in the TROMP Competition and Festival. This is partly achieved by making various prizes available, such as the Audience Award. 

TROMP Percussion Eindhoven is powered by

Adams Musical Instruments, Cultuurstation, Eindhoven News,
Jan Pustjens Foundation, Kunstloc Brabant,
M.A.O.C. Gravin van Bylandt StichtingPerforming Arts Fund NL,
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Pustjens Percussion Products,
Slagwerkkrant, Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven,
Province of Noord-Brabant, VSBfonds, Yamaha,
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Friends of TROMP.



TROMP Percussion Eindhoven is a co-production
of the TROMP Biennale Foundation &
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.


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

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Jan van Leeuwen, treasurer
Jan Karel van der Staay, secretary
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