Gerhard Trede-Award

The Gerhard Trede-Award is organized every other year by the Institut für kulturelle Innvoationsforschung in cooperation with the Jazz departement of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (HfMT) on behalf of the Gerhard Trede-Stiftung.

Gerhard Trede-Award 2024

All students, alumni and musicians in the fields of jazz and composition up to the age of 35 and resident in the EU or Switzerland are eligible to apply. The award will be given for a new arrangement or a recomposition of an original work by Gerhard Trede.

Option 1: Cover version/rearrangement of a work by Gerhard Trede (the original musical text will not be changed)
Option 2: Free recomposition using an original melody by Gerhard Trede

A jury will nominate 6 applicants whose arrangements will be presented in a public concert in the JazzHall of Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (HfMT). The arrangements will be performed by the HfMT Large Ensemble. The award ceremony will take place on November 6, 2024 in the JazzHall of the HfMT. The nominees will each recieve €500, the award money is endowed with €5,000.

The ensemble consists of: voice, 1xreeds (as/ts/fl/cl/bcl), 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, harp, 1x percussion (Pk/Xyl/Vib/Perc), piano, bass, drumset

The application period ends on August 31, 2024 at 12:00 noon. For a complete application, it is necessary to send the arrangement/composition digitally as a .pdf document to the e-mail address iki(at) and to fill out the application form at Legal action is excluded.


On April 15 at 10:00 a.m. and on May 17 at 5:30 p.m., we are offering an infocall via Zoom followed by a Q&A session. Prior registration at iki(at) is required.

Sheet Music

The 106 leadsheets of Gerhard Trede’s works can be downloaded below. The file is divided into two parts. An overview of all works that have been published can be requested on the Sonoton Music website or from EMI Records. A large number of works by Gerhard Trede can also be listened to here.


Gerhard Trede-Award 2022

In 2022, the Gerhard Trede Foundation offered a special prize for a new composition or arrangement based on of a Trede work. Students of the Dr. Langner Jazz Master at the University of Music and Theatre were eligible to apply. The final concert took place on 17 July in the Jazzhall. The Large Ensemble of the University played under the direction of Agustin Pardo. 

The nominees were the Vietnamese singer Mai Linh with the title My blue heaven, Lauri Kadalipp from Estonia with Fly to heaven, the Australian composer Samuel Penderbayne with Heimat, und Dahrling wann?; the composer and conductor Agustin Pardo from Uruguay with Die Elbe de la plata, Alex Demos with Au revoir and the French flutist and composer Clémence Manachère with Evolution.

f.l.t.r.: Mai Linh, Alex Demos, Clemence Manaquère, Lauri Kardalipp, Samuel Penderbayne, Agustin Pardo

The winner of the competition Agustin Pardo was awarded by the jury – Wolf Kerschek, Gordon Kampe, Reinhard Flender and Geir Lysn- for his new composition “Die Elbe de la plata” based on the work “Die Elbe” by Gerhard Trede.

The Award was presented by Trede Foundation board member Volker Korella.

You can listen to the Award winning composition “Die Elbe de la plata” from Agustin Pardo here:

You can listen to the nominated compositions “Heimat” and “Dahrling wann?” from Samuel Penderbayne here: