Dorota Serwa, born 1972, musicologist, cultural resource manager, Polish Academy of Sciences lecturer. She has been Director of the Szczecin Philharmonic since 2012. She graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She started her professional career in Polish Radio Szczecin as a producer and journalist. She has been Deputy Director of the National Centre for Culture and a european funds expert at the Foundation of Economic Education, among other appointments. Her musical knowledge and qualifications have allowed her to create truly outstanding projects in several fields of culture. While she was Director of the Department of Education at the Warsaw Uprising Museum, she coordinated many musical and historical projects such as the Niewinni czarodzieje (Innocent Sorcerers) festival (which won the Gazeta Wyborcza WDECHA award in 2010 for “Event of the Year”), the outdoor event Warszawiacy śpiewają (nie)zakazane piosenki (Varsovians sing (un)forbidden songs; this event won the ”Mazowieckie Zdarzenie Muzealne – Wierzba” award) and the Morowe Panny project. As Director of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, she led the institution through modernisation, integrating it with new challenges such as expanding the educational program for children. In managing one of Szczecin’s largest cultural institutions, she successfully uses her experience in raising external funds; in 2013 the Szczecin Philharmonic received a record amount of funds in the region.
In 2014, Dorota Serwa successfully relocated the institution to its new residence in Małopolska street. The 2014/2015 artistic season was inaugurated with special musical events, such as the symphonic concert under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk, during which a special fanfare composed by Krzysztof Penderecki especially for the inauguration was played, and the performance by American guitar virtuoso, Steve Vai.
Among Dorota Serwa’s musical passions jazz and folklore thrive, as well as 20th century classical music, especially works by Witold Lutosławski. Her love for music by the Polish composer has been reflected in several of the projects carried out by the Szczecin Philharmonic, for example ILYO (International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra) and Lutofonie (Lutophones), a series of chamber concerts for children. In 2013 Dorota Serwa received the Lutosławski Centennial Medal, awarded by the Witold Lutosławski Society.