Giga-Hertz Award 2022
The banner has a black background on which there are red lines and dots. In yellow font is written: Giga Hertz Award 2022 for electronic music and sound art 26.11.2022.
for electronic music and sound art
Sat, 26.11.2022 – Sun, 27.11.2022

As part of a two-day event, the ZKM | Karlsruhe and SWR EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO will present the 2022 Giga-Hertz Award for Electronic Music and Sound Art (€ 25,000)—the fifteenth time the honor will be bestowed.

In addition to the main prize, two production prizes will also be awarded. This year is the first time that the new PopExperimental Advancement Award, donated by the ZKM/HfG e. V. association, will honor experimental electronic pop and club music.

The Giga-Hertz Award is named in honor of the world-famous physicist Heinrich Hertz (1857–1894), who discovered electromagnetic waves during his tenure at the Karlsruher Technische Universität (today the KIT) in the late nineteenth century. The award was instituted on the initiative of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

The award winners

This year, the main prize of € 10,000 for lifetime achievement goes to Argentine composer Daniel Teruggi. Taiwanese sound and multimedia artist Yu-Jung Chen and Peter Gahn, who has been researching and teaching as Professor of Composition/New Media/Sound Studies at the Nuremberg University of Music since 2015, receive the Giga-Hertz Production Awards (€ 5,000 each). The new PopExperimental Advancement Award (€ 5,000) goes to the Ugandan collective Nyege Nyege. Oslo-based Hungarian sound tinkerer Bálint Laczkó, Colombian sound and media artist Claudia Robles-Angel, and U.S. composer Timothy Roy are recognized with honorable mentions.

The award ceremony will take place on November 26.

Giga-Hertz Main Award
Giga-Hertz Production Award
Giga-Hertz Production Award
PopExperimental Advancement Award
Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention

Overview of the program

Friday, Nov 25, 8 pm

aGLOBE > Natur Morte – A Concert by Ensemble Experimental

Saturday – Sunday , Nov 26 – 27 all day, first floor


Claudia Robles-Angel »REFLEXION – In sync/out of sync«, (2019)
for electroluminescent wires, pulse sensors & 8 channel electronics

h0nh1m »MindFlux«, (2022) 
for electronics, magnets & fluorescent tubes
world premiere

Saturday, Nov 26

Sunday, Nov 27

Jury Statements on the Award Winners


Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Weibel  (Artistic-scientific director ZKM | Karlsruhe)
Prof. Ludger Brümmer (Composer, ZKM | Hertz-Lab, Professor of Composition for Digital Media, HfM Trossingen)
Detlef Heusinger (Composer, director, conductor, artistic director Ensemble Experimental & artistic director SWR Experimentalstudio until Sept. 2022 )
Huihui Cheng (Composer)
Elsa Justel (Composer)

Prof. Udo Dahmen (Artistic Director and CEO Popakademie Baden-Württemberg & Vice President German Music Council)
Zuri Maria Daiß (Music Curator, Freelance Cultural Worker CTM Festival, etc.)
Stefanie Schäfer (SWR3 Music Editorial Office)
Nahuel Stoppa (Pop Culture Editor, Arte TRACKS Berlin)

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe