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).
May 2017
04 MAY, th, 20:00 - NIGEL KENNEDY: THE NEW 4 SEASONS + MY WORLDkoncert zewnętrzny
05MAYfr, 19:00
RUBATO 2016/2017Wimme Saari [koncert odwołany]Traditional concert
06MAYsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 2. do 4. roku życia z opiekunami
06MAYsa, 11:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 4. do 6. roku życia z opiekunami
06 MAY, sa, 19:00 - KINGS OF CONVENIENCEkoncert zewnętrzny
07MAYsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2016/2017MangaManiaFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
08 MAY, mn, 20:00 - VOO VOOkoncert zewnętrzny
09MAYtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2016/2017Collegium MusicaleTraditional concert
10MAYwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2016/2017Chamber music for two guitarsChamber Concert
11MAYth, 16:30
11MAYth, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2016/2017LAB 8: El-fusion - Shobaleader Oneelectronic music concert
11MAYth, 19:30
12MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONY 2016/2017 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!Symphony music in motion picturesSymphonic concert / Live stream
13MAYsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2016/2017LAB 8: El-fusion - The Cinematic Orchestra [koncert odwołany]electronic music concert
13MAYsa, 19:00
14MAYsn, 17:00
15MAYmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
15MAYmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
16MAYtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
16MAYtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje 2016/2017DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
17MAYwd, 10:00
Homo Musicus #artykulacjaSchool concert for classes IV–VI and grammar (junior secondary) school
17MAYwd, 12:00
Homo Musicus #artykulacjaSchool concert for classes IV–VI and grammar (junior secondary) school
17MAYwd, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2016/2017Konieczny?... NecessarilyChamber Concert
19MAYfr, 19:00
DECISO 2016/2017SWR SymphonieorchesterSymphonic concert
20MAYsa, 20:00
12. Europejska Noc MuzeówEuropean Night of Museums 2017zwiedzanie / wystawa
21MAYsn, 17:00
FILM-HARMONY 2016/2017Napiórkowski/Lesicki - CELULOIDkoncert symfoniczny (sinfonietta) / transmisja
21MAYsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
24 MAY, wd, 18:00 - WIELKIE ORATORIA NA 70-LECIE ZUT koncert zewnętrzny
26MAYfr, 16:30
26MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONY 2016/2017 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!American Cinema ClassicsSymphonic concert
27MAYsa, 09:00
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 2. do 4. roku życia z opiekunami
27MAYsa, 11:00
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 4. do 6. roku życia z opiekunami
TODAY28 MAYsn, 17:00
TOMORROW29 MAYmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla klas I-III
TOMORROW29 MAYmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla klas I-III
30MAYtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla klas I-III
30MAYtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla klas I-III
30 MAY, tu, 20:00 - BRODKA Clashes Tour 2017koncert zewnętrzny
June 2017
01JUNth, 18:00
01JUNth, 20:30
02JUNfr, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2016/2017 | Filharmonia. Ostrożnie, wciąga!!!Bernstein’s MusicalSymphonic concert
03JUNsa, 09:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 2. do 4. roku życia z opiekunami
03JUNsa, 11:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci od 4. do 6. roku życia z opiekunami
04JUNsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2016/2017From ear to ear – Szczecin legendsFamily concert
06JUNtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2016/2017VołosiTraditional concert
07JUNwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2016/2017Chamber music by KwadrofonikChamber Concert
09JUNfr, 19:00
FESTIVO 2016/2017Ella Fitzgerald. 100 lat!Jazz concert
10JUNsa, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
10JUNsa, 17:00
11JUNsn, 17:00
SONORO 2016/2017Cameron Carpenter – organ recitalChamber Concert
12JUNmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
12JUNmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
13JUNtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
13JUNtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
14JUNwd, 10:00
Homo Musicus #harmoniaSchool concert for classes IV–VI and grammar (junior secondary) school
14JUNwd, 12:00
Homo Musicus #harmoniaSchool concert for classes IV–VI and grammar (junior secondary) school
17JUNsa, 19:00
FESTIVO 2016/2017Season finalle - OPEN AIR Summer GalaSymphonic concert
21JUNwd, 14:00
Święto Muzyki. Słyszysz?Muzyczny pociąg na trasie Szczecin-Berlin-Szczecinhappening
21JUNwd, 16:00
Święto Muzyki. Słyszysz?Muzyczny happeninghappening
21JUNwd, 19:00
Święto Muzyki. Słyszysz?West Side Sinfonietta Symphonic concert
21JUNwd, 21:00
Święto Muzyki. Słyszysz?Silent Discoimpreza taneczna
23JUNfr, 16:30
25JUNsn, 17:00
SOUNDLAB 2016/2017LAB 9: El Mahler - Herbert / marstal:lidell / Ridderelectronic music concert
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