Prize winners at the TROMP International Percussion Competition Eindhoven 2018:
- First Prize, € 15,000: Kai Strobel (Germany);
- Second Prize, € 10,000: Nikolay Ivanov (Bulgaria);
- Third Prize, € 7,000: Elliott Gaston-Ross (Great-Britain);
- Willem Vos Award, for the best rendition of a composition by a Dutch composer, € 500: Kai Strobel;
- Press Prize, € 2,000: Elliott Gaston-Ross;
- Friends of TROMP audience award, € 3,000: Nikolay Ivanov;
- 'The Annelie', prize of the youth jury, made available by the Friends of TROMP, € 1,000: Oliver Xu(USA).
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.