Tera de Marez Oyens Foundation

Our Mission

Our mission is to encourage the performance and understanding of Tera de Marez Oyens’ music and to support the artistic development of contemporary composers and musicians.

Tera de Marez Oyens award

Biennially an award is given to persons or institutions engaged in promoting, performing or composing contemporary music or compositions of Tera de Marez Oyens.

Who was Tera de Marez Oyens?

Tera de Marez Oyens - Wansink (1932-1996) was a Dutch composer, pianist, conductor and professor of composition

Find compositions and audio recordings in our catalogue

A database with compositions by Tera de Marez Oyens is available through the catalogue in this web site.


We are pleased to announce a call for scores for the

2024 Tera de Marez Oyens Award

The aim 

This award is dedicated to stimulating recently graduated composition talent in the Netherlands and bridging the gap between education and professional practice. The reward of €2,000 enables the composer to write a new short composition for a professional ensemble, to be performed during the next Gaudeamus Festival.


We are looking for a work (a graduation project or other composition project realized during or shortly after the conservatory studies) that distinguishes itself by quality of composition and score, originality, and feasibility and engages the audience in a story, in its commitment, or atmosphere. There are no restrictions as to musical genre; pieces with electronics or performance elements may also compete for the award.

Who can compete?

All students who completed a BA or MA program at one of the Dutch conservatories in the academic year 2021/22, 2022/23, or 2023/24 and are residents of the Netherlands can compete for the award.

How to participate ? Click here


Tera de Marez Oyens: "Expressing my adventures and feelings in music and print came naturally to me. [...] To me, playing the piano and violin, and writing music notes, has always been my real life."

Read more in Tera's biography.


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