Giga-Hertz Award 2008
Web banner Giga-Hertz Award 2008 at ZKM | Karlsruhe
Fri, 28.11.2008 – Sat, 29.11.2008

For the second time in succession, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media together with the EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of SWR will be awarding the Giga-Hertz Award for Electronic Music.

At € 15.000, and with four additional awards for production, each at € 8.000, the Giga-Hertz-Award is worldwide the most endowed prize for electronic music for the life work of a composer. The jury in 2008 was constituted of the artistic directors of the studios participating Ludger Brümmer (ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics), Detlef Heusinger (Experimentalstudio of SWR), also François Bayle (pioneer of electro-acoustic and acousmatic music, and developer of the acusmonium), Jonathan Harvey (composer and winner of the first Giga-Hertz-Mainprize in 2007 as acknowledgement for his life’s work), Armin Köhler (editorial director for New Music at SWR and responsible for the Donaueschinger Festival) as well as Peter Weibel (CEO of the ZKM | Karlsruhe, former director of Ars Electronica in Linz). Patron of the Giga-Hertz-Award 2008 is Günther H. Oettinger (Prime Minister of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg).

Poster Giga-Hertz Award 2008 at ZKM | Karlsruhe

Main Award Winner 2008 | Trevor Wishart (England)

Trevor Wishart was awarded the Grand Price because of his achievements in the compositional use of granular synthesis and phase recoder technology. Especially his unique approach implementing a low-tech compositional environment leading to the composers desktop project gave an important impulse to the community of composers.

Trevor Wishart

Homestudio Portrait Trevor Wishart

Festival Program  

Fri, November 28, 2008

Prize Winner Concert I in ZKM_Medientheater at 8 p.m. admission € 9/6 Pierre Boulez "Dialogue de l’ombre double" (1982-85) for Clarinet and Live-Electronic João Pedro Paiva de Oliveira "Beyond" (2006) for Clarinet, Cello, Piano und Electronic-Sounds Special Award Winner 2008 Dai Fujikura "moromoro" (2003) for Piano and Electronic (with Video) Special Award Winner 2008 Luigi Nono "A Pierre. Dell’azzurro silenzio, inquietum" (1985) for Flute, Clarinet und Live-Electronics Karlheinz Stockhausen "Prozession" (1967) for Viola, Piano, Percussion, Electronium, Mikrophonist and Live-Electronics EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR with ensemble recherche: Barbara Maurer, Viola Åsa Åkerberg, Violoncello Martin Fahlenbock, Flute Jaime González, Mikrophonist Shizuyo Oka, Clarinet Christian Dierstein, Percussion Jean-Pierre Collot (Oliveira, Stockhausen) Klaus Steffes-Holländer (Fujikura, Stockhausen) Joachim Haas, Sound Design Gregorio Karman, Sound Design Annesley Black, Sound Design Assistent  

Sat, November 29, 2008

Award Ceremony Giga-Hertz-Prize 2008 in ZKM_Foyer at 7 p.m., admission free Greeting by Peter Weibel (ZKM | Center for Art and Media) Heinz Fenrich (Mayor of Karlsruhe) Klaus Tappeser (Assistant Secretary of State) Giving Away of Awards by François Bayle (former Head of the GRM, Paris) Dorothea Enderle (SWR) Bernhard Hermann (SWR) Gerhard R. Koch (FAZ) Erwin Vetter (Minister retired) Moderation: Peter Weibel (ZKM | Center for Art and Media)  

Sat, November 29

Prize Winner Concert II 2008 im ZKM_Kubus at 8.30 p.m., admission free Natasha Barrett "Kongsberg Silver Mines" (Concert Version) (2008) Acousmatic Piece Special Award Winner 2008 Debut Performance of the "Concert Version" Åke Parmerud "La Vie Méchanique" (2004) Acousmatic Piece Special Award Winner 2008 Vassos Nicolaou "Recent" (2008) for Ensemble and Live-Electronics Ensemble Modern Special Award Winner 2007 Debut Performance Daniel Mayer "Lokale Orbits / Solo 3" (2008) for Flute and Multichannel-Tape Martina Roth (Flute), Ensemble SurPlus Special Award Winner 2007 Debut Performance Trevor Wishart "Imago" (2002) Acousmatic Piece Main Award Winner 2008  


Giga-Hertz Award 2008

Ensemble Modern

Johannes Schwarz, Bassoon Valentín Garvie, Trumpet Rainer Römer, Percussion Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne, ViolinSound Sebastian Schottke

Jury Ludger Brümmer (Composer, Head of ZKM | Hertz-Lab) Detlef Heusinger (Artistic Director of SWR Experimentalstudio) François Bayle (Pioneer of electroacoustic and acousmatic music, developer of the Acousmonium) Jonathan Harvey (Composer, Giga-Hertz Lifetime Award Winner 2007)  Armin Köhler (Managing Editor for New Music at SWR, Artistic Director of the Donaueschinger Musiktage) Peter Weibel (Artistic Director of ZKM | Karlsruhe, former Director of Ars Electronica Linz)

Organization / Institution

Experimentalstudio des SWR