The history of the Orchestra
Many voices
The musical history of post-war Szczecin started already in 1945 when the first musical group was formed. The Symphonic Orchestra of the City of Szczecin was made up both by professionals and amateurs. Szczecin citizens could listen to their first concert on 23 November 1945 in the hall of the Bałtyk cinema. People could listen to pieces by Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky. The orchestra was soon joined by two more: a military and a railway one and then – by a 12-people strong radio orchestra. In 1947 Szczecin was enriched by another orchestra – the Symphonic Orchestra of the Musicians’ Association of the Republic of Poland. The first attempt to join forces of the dispersed musical community was the creation of the Workers' Music Association in 1948. Its first director and conductor was Felicjan Lasota.

The activities of the orchestra in the latter half of the 20th century
In 1953 the Ministry of Culture and Art established a new cultural institution. Since then the orchestra would reside in the building of the State Philharmonic in Szczecin. The musicians settled in the left wing of the National Council of the City building (today it is the City Hall building) and could finally develop artistically. The development was fostered by the long-term office of two directors: Józef Wiłkomirski (1955-1971) and Stefan Marczyk (1971-1990). The next directors of the orchestra were: Jarosław Lipke (1990-1994), Józef Radwan (1994-1996), Jerzy Salwarowski (1996-2003), Zygmunt Rychert (2003-2009) and Mykola Diadiura (2009-2012). For over three decades (1951-1986) the musicians played under the baton of a prominent conductor, Walerian Pawłowski.
During these few dozens years the orchestra was invited by many excellent musical scenes. It played in the National Philharmonic and on the stages of Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, as well as Italy, Holland and France.
Among the soloists who made guest appearances with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin one can find Krystian Zimerman, Rafał Blechacz, Emmanuel Ax, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Lidia Grychtołówna, Witold Małcużyński, Piotr Paleczny, Ewa Pobłocka, Adam Makowicz, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Kaja Danczowska, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Stefania Toczyska, Ewa Podleś, Urszula Kryger, Wiesław Ochman, Andrzej Hiolski, Edward Auer, Zahar Bron, Eugene Indjic, Kevin Kenner, Natalia Gutman, Maurizio Pollini and Ivan Monighetti. Guest conductors included Witold Rowicki, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Antoni Wit, Krzysztof Penderecki, Tomasz Bugaj, Jerzy Katlewicz, Marek Pijarowski, Tadeusz Strugała, Karol Teutsch, Andrzej Markowski, Kazimierz Kord and Jerzy Maksymiuk.
In 1995 the Szczecin orchestra took part in the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Polish Radio Szczecin during which a recording of Symphony of Four Dreams by Janusz Stalmierski was made. In 1999 the orchestra musicians had their own celebration: the 50th anniversary of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Orchestra in the 21st century
At the beginning of the new millennium the Symphonic Orchestra of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin together with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra released an album "Brahms, Prokofjev piano concerto" which was nominated to the Fryderyki Award in 2002 as the Album of the Year (Orchestral Music). During the recording the musicians were conducted by Jarzy Salwarowski. In 2005, the Orchestra performed in unusual circumstances. The musicians together with the orchestra of the Opera at the Castle and Szczecin choirs performed "Polish Requiem" by Krzysztof Penderecki at the premises of the Szczecin Shipyard. The concert commemorating the victims of the 1970 Polish protests was conducted by the composer himself.
In 2012 Dorota Serwa became the director of the Philharmonic and appointed first Michał Dworzyński (2012/2013) and then Ewa Strusińska (2013/2014 and 2014/2015) to conduct the orchestra. In August 2014 the musicians moved to their new hall. The inaugural concert was played on the 5 September 2014 in the impressive Sun Hall under the baton of maestro Jacek Kaspszyk. It was the first event of the inaugural series called “forte. fortissimo. filharmonia”.


Compiled on the basis of archival materials of the Szczecin Philharmonic and the publication „Filharmonicy szczecińscy 1948-1998” by Mikołaj Szczęsny (Szczecin, 1999).
March 2017
01MARwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2016/2017Chamber music by stipendistsChamber Concert
01 MAR, wd, 20:00 - KEYON HARROLDkoncert zewnętrzny
02 MAR, th, 20:00 - JAN LUNDGRENEUROPEN QUARTET - "POTSDAMER PLATZ" koncert zewnętrzny
03MARfr, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2016/2017 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!Nikolai Demidenko gra Czajkowskiego Symphonic concert
04MARsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 2. do 4. roku życia z opiekunami
04MARsa, 11:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 4. do 6. roku życia z opiekunami
05MARsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2016/2017Four strings of the worldFamily concert
07MARtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2016/2017Mari Kalkun i RunorunTraditional concert
08MARwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
08MARwd, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
08MARwd, 17:00
Spotkania w FonoteceSpotkanie z Jerzym Maksymiukiemspotkanie
08MARwd, 19:00
09MARth, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
09MARth, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
10MARfr, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2016/2017Katya Apekisheva gra Schumanna Symphonic concert
11MARsa, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
11 MAR, sa, 16:00 - MUZYKA ZESPOŁU QUEEN SYMFONICZNIEkoncert zewnętrzny
11 MAR, sa, 19:30 - MUZYKA ZESPOŁU QUEEN SYMFONICZNIEkoncert zewnętrzny
13MARmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2016/2017HIGH DEFINITION QUARTETJazz concert
14 MAR, tu, 19:00 - ANIA DĄBROWSKAkoncert zewnętrzny
15 MAR, wd, 19:00 - WIELKA GALA OPERETKI CZAR MUZYKA BEZ GRANICkoncert zewnętrzny
17MARfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2016/2017 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!Amy Dickson plays AdamsSymphonic concert
18MARsa, 09:00
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 2. do 4. roku życia z opiekunami
18MARsa, 11:00
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 4. do 6. roku życia z opiekunami
19MARsn, 17:00
BRILLANTE 2016/2017Jazzowy koncert fortepianowySymphonic concert (sinfonietta)
19MARsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
20MARmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
20MARmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
20 MAR, mn, 19:00 - KULT AKUSTIKkoncert zewnętrzny
21MARtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
21MARtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
21MARtu, 13:00
21 MAR, tu, 19:00 - KULT AKUSTIKkoncert zewnętrzny
23 MAR, th, 19:00 - THE BALANESCU QUARTET PLAYS KRAFTWERKkoncert zewnętrzny
24MARfr, 19:00
SONORO 2016/2017Piąta ProkofiewaSymphonic concert
25MARsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2016/2017LAB 6: El-club – Dick4Dickelectronic music concert
26 MAR, sn, 19:00 - DŻEM akustyczniekoncert zewnętrzny
27MARmn, 10:00
Homo Musicus #dynamikaSchool concert dla klas IV-VI
27MARmn, 12:00
Homo Musicus #dynamikaSchool concert dla klas IV-VI
28 MAR, tu, 17:00 - GRUPA MOCARTA - JUBILEUSZ 20-LECIAkoncert zewnętrzny
28 MAR, tu, 19:00 - GRUPA MOCARTA - JUBILEUSZ 20-LECIAkoncert zewnętrzny
TODAY29 MARwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2016/2017Mischa Maisky – recitalChamber Concert
31MARfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2016/2017Christian Tetzlaff gra Bartóka Symphonic concert
April 2017
02APRsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2016/2017From another planetFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
04APRtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2016/2017Trys Keturiose Traditional concert
05APRwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2016/2017Belcea QuartetChamber Concert
06APRth, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2016/2017Chamber music for two violinsChamber Concert
06APRth, 19:30
07APRfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2016/2017 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!Gábor Boldoczki plays MozartSymphonic concert
08APRsa, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
10APRmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2016/2017Fours CollectiveJazz concert
11APRtu, 10:00
Homo Musicus #melodiaSchool concert for classes IV–VI and grammar (junior secondary) school
11APRtu, 12:00
Homo Musicus #melodiaSchool concert for classes IV–VI and grammar (junior secondary) school
19APRwd, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2016/2017Scandinavian Days - Carl PeterssonChamber Concert
21APRfr, 19:00
SONORO 2016/2017Scandinavian symphoniesSymphonic concert
22APRsa, 09:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 2. do 4. roku życia z opiekunami
22APRsa, 11:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 4. do 6. roku życia z opiekunami
23APRsn, 17:00
BRILLANTE 2016/2017Michał Jelonek with Philharmonic musiciansSymphonic concert (sinfonietta)
23APRsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
24APRmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
24APRmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
25APRtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
25APRtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
26APRwd, 19:00
27APRth, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2016/2017LAB 7: El-klassik – Manuel Göttsching electronic music concert
28APRfr, 19:00
SONORO 2016/2017 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!Berlioz's fantastical symphonySymphonic concert
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