New York based pianist Martin Terens was born 1985 in Hamburg, Germany. Initially trained as a classical pianist, he turned to jazz music after winning one of the most important high-school jazz competitions in Germany in 2003, "Jugend Jazzt".
Martin completed his Bachelor's degree at the Music University of Hamburg in 2012 after participating in an exchange program for one academic year in Frosinone, Italy, in 2011.
Thanks to a Fulbright scholarship award in 2012, Martin is currently enrolled in the Jazz Masters program at City College in New York. Besides studying, he is teaching as an adjunct lecturer at City College. As a participant of the Artist-in-Residence program at the International House NY, Martin hosts a bi-weekly jazz night at the International House.
Up to present, Martin performed in the US, Lebanon, Yemen, Poland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Estonia, Italy, and of course Germany. He shared the stage with musicians such as Joel Frahm, NDR Big Band, Bill Ramsey, Georgie Fame, Torsten Goods, Dusko Goykovich, Nils Landgren, and others.
Moreover, Martin won the 1st prize of the International Jazz Haus Piano Competition in Freiburg, Germany, in 2009 and participated in the semifinals at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Piano Competition in Switzerland in 2010 and 2012.