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).
February 2018
02FEBfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2017/2018 | Preludium Talentów Beethoven nr 3Symphonic concert
04FEBsn, 17:00
Piotruś kontra wilkFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
04FEBsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
05FEBmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
05FEBmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
05FEBmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
06FEBtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
06FEBtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
06FEBtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
06FEBtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2017/2018Čači Vorba [KONCERT PRZENIESIONY]Traditional concert
07FEBwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Filharmonicy kameralnieChamber Concert
09FEBfr, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2017/2018 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!Chopin | BrahmsSymphonic concert
10FEBsa, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
10FEBsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2017/2018Luke Vibert | LAB 5 [CANCEL]electronic music concert
10FEBsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2017/2018Mouse On Mars | LAB 5: El- vibrationelectronic music concert
11 FEB, sn, 16:00 - SYMPHONICA 2 ROCK OF POLAND [KONCERT ODWOŁANY]koncert zewnętrzny
11 FEB, sn, 19:00 - SYMPHONICA 2 ROCK OF POLANDkoncert zewnętrzny
12FEBmn, 10:00
12FEBmn, 12:00
12 FEB, mn, 19:00 - MICHAŁ BAJOR - OD KOFTY... DO KORCZAkoncert zewnętrzny
13 FEB, tu, 20:00 - MICHAŁ SZPAK Z ZESPOŁEM ORAZ MARLENA SZPAKkoncert zewnętrzny
14FEBwd, 19:00
16FEBfr, 19:00
18FEBsn, 17:00
BRILLANTE 2017/2018Powabna nutaSymphonic concert
18FEBsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
19FEBmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
19FEBmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
19 FEB, mn, 20:00 - KAZIK & PROFORMAkoncert zewnętrzny
TODAY20 FEBtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
TODAY20 FEBtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
20 FEB, tu, 20:00 - PERFECT AKUSTYCZNIEkoncert zewnętrzny
TOMORROW21 FEBwd, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2017/2018Chopin | Nokturnyrecital
22 FEB, th, 19:00 - ZALEWSKI ŚPIEWA NIEMENAkoncert zewnętrzny
23FEBfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
23FEBfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2017/2018 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!! | Preludium Talentów Schumann | SchӧnbergSymphonic concert
24FEBsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
24FEBsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
24FEBsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
26FEBmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2017/2018Michał Wróblewski i RadiostatikJazz concert
28FEBwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2017/2018Akordeonowy kolorytChamber Concert
March 2018
02MARfr, 19:00
FESTIVO 2017/2018 | Preludium Talentów Vivat Meyer!Symphonic concert
03MARsa, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
04MARsn, 17:00
Jerz IgorFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
04MARsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
06MARtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2017/2018Karolina Cicha i Spółka "Wieloma Językami"Traditional concert
07MARwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Modigliani QuartetChamber Concert
08MARth, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2017/2018Krzesimir Dębski & Zagan Acoustic concert
09MARfr, 19:00
FESTIVO 2017/2018 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!Gershwin | BernsteinSymphonic concert
10MARsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2017/2018Ruby My Dear | LAB 6 : El-compressionelectronic music concert
11MARsn, 17:00
BRILLANTE 2017/2018Sklep z Ptasimi PióramiSymphonic concert
11MARsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
12MARmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
12MARmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
12MARmn, 19:00
RUBATO 2017/2018Čači VorbaTraditional concert
13MARtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
13MARtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
16MARfr, 19:00
SONORO 2017/2018 | Preludium Talentów Szymanowski | BrucknerSymphonic concert
17MARsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
17MARsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
17MARsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
19MARmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
19MARmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
19MARmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
19MARmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2017/2018Mateusz Smoczyński QuintetJazz concert
20MARtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
20MARtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
20MARtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
21MARwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2017/2018Stypendyści kameralnieChamber Concert
23MARfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
23MARfr, 19:00
SONORO 2017/2018 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!ArmeniaSymphonic concert
24MARsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
24MARsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
24MARsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
27MARtu, 10:00
27MARtu, 12:00
28MARwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Młoda PolskaChamber Concert
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