The history of the Philharmonic
An orchestra on the road
Before there was a genuine and solid building for the Philharmonic in Szczecin, the orchestra musicians had played and practised in a variety of weird places. The first concerts took place in the old Bałtyk cinema, the State Clothing Plant and a tram depot. The first attempts to share the seat with the National Council of the City (today it is the City Hall building) invariably ended up with giving up the “concert hall” for the purposes of meetings of national importance. It was not until the official establishment of the State Philharmonic in Szczecin that the situation of the musicians became somewhat better. It happened on 15 December 1953, mainly thanks to the efforts of the then manager, Janusz Cegiełła.

The Philharmonic gets its audience
Appointed by the minister and located in the left wing of the building belonging to city authorities, the Philharmonic could finally start to develop. The number of musicians grew to 82, a Blüthner grand piano was added to the collection of instruments and in 1957 the concert hall underwent general renovation. The walls were lined with walnut wood and the most modern – at the time – fluorescent lamps were installed. Just after the renovation, Józef Wiłkomirski became the director and the 1st conductor. He was the longest acting director of the Szczecin Philharmonic. Also at that time, the institution was named after Mieczysław Karłowicz, a prominent composer who lived at the turn of the century.
The Philharmonic kept developing artistically. Concert series organised by the Philharmonic became increasingly popular: Music of the 20th century which presented the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Dmitri Shostakovich or Mieczysław Karłowicz and Jazz in Philharmonic which featured Krzysztof Komeda, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski and Wojciech Karolak. In 1962 one of the former students of Szczecin’s State School of Music performed a concert in the Meetings with Melody series: Violetta Villas. The public went mad and the Philharmonic was virtually occupied by her devoted fans.

International language of music
The 1960s and 1970s were the time when the institution established many valuable contacts. Szczecin was visited by many prominent soloists from France, Israel, Japan, Argentina, Mexico; among them was also a Polish pianist Witold Małcużyński. But the biggest star of the 1970/1971 artistic season was the Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Television from Moscow, led by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Thanks to the cooperation of Stefan Marczyk, the long-time director and 1st conductor, with Jan Szyrocki, the founder of the Academic Choir of the Technical University of Szczecin, the Philharmonic had rich choral repertoire. The 1980s brought the interest in opera music and the audience could listen to Traviata, Macbeth, and Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi. In 1994 a woman became the director of the Philharmonic for the first time. Among the successes of Jadwiga Igiel-Sak one can count the publication of the Famous Caprices album. The recording made by Szczecin orchestra under the baton of Jerzy Salwarowski and featuring Tatiana Shebanova and Jarosław Drzewicki as soloists was nominated to the Fryderyki Award in 1998 in the Solo Music category.

Philharmonic of the 21st century
At the beginning of the new century, the musicians promoted the institution during a tour in Spain and here at home a Committee for Building the New Philharmonic was created, the head of whom was Jadwiga Igiel-Sak. Renovated in the 1950s, the concert hall had lost its glamour and the number of seats proved inadequate. The construction of the new building was commenced by the then director of the Philharmonic, Andrzej Oryl. The new hall of the Philharmonic, designed by the Catalan architectural studio Barozzi/Veiga, was erected in 2014 in the place where the pre-war Konzerthaus used to be – at the intersection of Małopolska and Matejki streets . The move to the new hall was supervised by Dorota Serwa who became the director of the Philharmonic in 2012. The larger space allowed the Philharmonic team to work on new development directions, including less classical ones. The educational offer has also been expanded.


Compiled on the basis of archival materials of the Szczecin Philharmonic and the publication „Filharmonicy szczecińscy 1948-1998” by Mikołaj Szczęsny (Szczecin, 1999).
April 2018
04APRwd, 19:00
05APRth, 19:00
A i rperformance
06APRfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2017/2018 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!! | Preludium Talentów Rachmaninow | SzostakowiczSymphonic concert
07APRsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
07APRsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
07APRsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
08APRsn, 17:00
Beauty and the BeastFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
08APRsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 3. do 6. roku życia
09APRmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
09APRmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
09APRmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
09 APR, mn, 19:00 - SZCZECIN JAZZ 2018 GINO VANNELLIkoncert zewnętrzny
10APRtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
10APRtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
10APRtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
10APRtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2017/2018Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa and Mazovian virtuososTraditional concert
11 APR, wd, 19:00 - OMAR HAKIM - RACHEL Z: OZ EXPERIENCEkoncert zewnętrzny
12APRth, 19:00
13APRfr, 19:00
FESTIVO 2017/2018 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!Symphonic klezmerSymphonic concert
14APRsa, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 3. do 6. roku życia
14APRsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2017/2018Hashtag Ensemble | LAB 7 : El-Witkacelectronic music concert
15APRsn, 17:00
BRILLANTE 2017/2018Artist-in-residence: ASQSymphonic concert
16 APR, mn, 19:00 - MICHAŁ BAJOR - OD KOFTY... DO KORCZAkoncert zewnętrzny
17APRtu, 10:00
17APRtu, 12:00
17 APR, tu, 19:00 - JULIA PIETRUCHAkoncert zewnętrzny
18APRwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2017/2018Pomeranian Youth Big Band Chamber Concert
19APRth, 19:00
Klubowy Paprykarz i Oranżada 2018 (premiera płyt)Prapremiera albumu Klubowy Paprykarz i Oranżadadancing party
20APRfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2017/2018Bach | Brandenburg Concertoskoncert barokowy
TODAY22 APRsn, 17:00
BRILLANTE 2017/2018Paganini with a funny twistSymphonic concert
TODAY22 APRsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 3. do 6. roku życia
TOMORROW23 APRmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2017/2018Aga Derlak TrioJazz concert
23 APR, mn, 20:00 - DEE DEE BRIDGEWATERkoncert zewnętrzny
25APRwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Philharmonic plays chamberChamber Concert
27APRfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
27APRfr, 19:00
SONORO 2017/2018 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!! | Preludium Talentów RavelSymphonic concert
May 2018
04MAYfr, 19:00
SONORO 2017/2018Szczecin Philharmonic Big Bandconcert
05MAYsa, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 3. do 6. roku życia
06MAYsn, 17:00
Powrót do przyszłościFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
06MAYsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 3. do 6. roku życia
08MAYtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
08MAYtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
08MAYtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2017/2018DagadanaTraditional concert
09MAYwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
09MAYwd, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
11MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONY 2017/2018 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!Alfred Schnittke | Film suite Symphonic concert
14MAYmn, 10:00
Ja, kompozytor! – Dvořák versus GriegSchool concert dla klas I-III
14MAYmn, 12:00
Ja, kompozytor! – Dvořák versus GriegSchool concert dla klas I-III
16MAYwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2017/2018Szczecin Youth Chamber Orchestra SMOK Chamber Concert
18MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONY 2017/2018Łukasz Targosz | Film suite Symphonic concert
19MAYsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
19MAYsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
19MAYsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
19MAYsa, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2017/2018Gregory Porter | Wieczór symfoniczny Jazz concert
20MAYsn, 17:00
BRILLANTE 2017/2018Święto Uniwersytetu z Motion Trio!concert
21MAYmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
21MAYmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
22MAYtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
22MAYtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
22MAYtu, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Makedonissimo Chamber Concert
23MAYwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Makedonissimo [KONCERT PRZENIESIONY]Chamber Concert
25MAYfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
25MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONY 2017/2018Korngold | ProkofiewSymphonic concert
26MAYsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
26MAYsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
26MAYsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
27MAYsn, 17:00
SOUNDLAB 2017/2018Laurie Anderson | LAB 8 : El- beginningelectronic music concert
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