Tina Ternes was born in Kaiserslautern (Germany) on 15 August 1969. She started playing the piano at the age of five. At the age of 15 the double bass was added as a second instrument and she regularly received lessons in music theory at the Kaiserslautern Music School.
From 1988-1992 she studied school music and history in Mainz and from 1992-1994 film music at the Wiesbaden Music Academy. She worked as a musician, composer and music teacher in Munich, Ludwigshafen and Paris.
Her compositional approach is tonal to extended tonal. She likes to experiment with non-European elements and has been strongly influenced by American minimal music since 2002.
Tina Ternes wrote orchestral and choral works, sacred music, chamber music, musicals, stage music, film music and much more.
In 2017 she won the first prize with a brass quintet in the composition competition "Aufbruch" of Furore Verlag in cooperation with the Centre for Military Music of the German Armed Forces. In 2009 she won second prize in the Mannheim Crossover Composition Competition with her violin duo „Windspiel“.