- Wieslaw Rentowski
The music of Wieslaw V. Rentowski has been performed at many International Festivals and Conferences in Europe, the United States, and Canada. In 1988, Rentowski was awarded the first prize in the National Competition for Young Composers in Warsaw, Poland. Numerous commissions, grants and awards followed in Poland, Germany, Canada and the United States. He has received five Composition prizes in Poland for his orchestra, chamber and solo works from the Polish Composers' Union, the Fr. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, the City of Elblag (celebrating its 750th anniversary) and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association ( 1990 and 1998 ). W.V. Rentowski is the recipient of grants and awards from the Polish Minister of Culture, the Lodz State Academy of Music & Musica Moderna Festival , the Mayor of Lodz, the Darmstadt International Institute of New Music in Germany, the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Canada, the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, the New Orleans Dance Council, the Arts Council of New Orleans, and the Louisiana Arts Council in Baton Rouge. Most recently he received awards from the American Music Center (NY) (2008), ASCAPLUS Award (2009) and grants from the Richardson Arts Commission for NACUSA Texas concerts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons).
Rentowski's music has been published and recorded in Poland, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, United States and Canada. He holds advanced degrees in music from Louisiana State University (DMA in Composition 1996), the Fr. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, the Lodz State Academy of Music, and the University of Lodz. Wieslaw V. Rentowski (also a virtuoso organist and conductor) taught at the Lodz State Academy of Music, at the Louisiana State University School of Music in Baton Rouge, and at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is a founding member and also current president of the NACUSA Texas Chapter (National Association of Composers / USA). Most recently several of his compositions were presented during International Conferences and New Music Festivals in San Marcos(TX), Miami(Fl) and Dallas(TX) (2009 & 2010 season).