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).
November 2017
03NOVfr, 19:00
ANIMATO 2017/2018Berlin Youth OrchestraSymphonic concert
04NOVsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
04NOVsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
04NOVsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
04 NOV, sa, 20:00 - O.S.T.R. AUTENTYCZNIEkoncert zewnętrzny
05NOVsn, 17:00
Fear has big ears Family concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
05NOVsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
06 NOV, mn, 19:00 - MOR KARBASIkoncert zewnętrzny
07NOVtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2017/2018Maniucha and Ksawery - Poleskie ImprovisationsTraditional concert
08NOVwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2017/2018Hob-beats Duo | Szczecin Young PercussionChamber Concert
09NOVth, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2017/2018Katarzyna Borek | LAB 2: El-pianoelectronic music concert
10NOVfr, 19:00
SONORO 2017/2018Lutosławski | DvořákSymphonic concert
11NOVsa, 17:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Karol Szymanowski | Works for cello and piano Chamber Concert
11NOVsa, 19:00
ANIMATO 2017/2018Vivat PoloniaSymphonic concert
12 NOV, sn, 16:00 - GWIEZDNE WOJNY KONCERTOWOkoncert zewnętrzny
12 NOV, sn, 19:00 - GWIEZDNE WOJNY KONCERTOWOkoncert zewnętrzny
13NOVmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
13NOVmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
13NOVmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
13 NOV, mn, 19:00 - KUBA BADACH OLDSCHOOLkoncert zewnętrzny
14NOVtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
14NOVtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
14NOVtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
14 NOV, tu, 19:00 - VARIUS MANXkoncert zewnętrzny
15NOVwd, 17:00
Seniorita w Filharmonii - koncert wyjazdowyaway concert / workshops final
15 NOV, wd, 18:00 - KONCERT FINAŁOWY PROJEKTU „MIGIEM NA MAJKA”koncert zewnętrzny
16NOVth, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2017/2018Chopin Competition Laureates | Yamamotorecital
17NOVfr, 19:00
SONORO 2017/2018Młynarski | BrucknerSymphonic concert
18NOVsa, 12:00
Seniorita w Filharmonii - koncert wyjazdowyaway concert / workshops final
18NOVsa, 18:00
Arhythmic Perfection Plan vol. 2Krzysztof Knittel i przyjacielekolektywna improwizacja
18NOVsa, 19:00
Arhythmic Perfection Plan vol. 2Mazzoll & Arhythmic Perfection - koncert w ciemnościachconcert
18NOVsa, 20:00
Arhythmic Perfection Plan vol. 2Tropy + Pedro Ferreiraconcert
18NOVsa, 22:00
Arhythmic Perfection Plan vol. 2Jurek Przeździecki - DJ setdancing party
19NOVsn, 17:00
BRILLANTE 2017/2018Bernard Kawka | jazz legend's musicSymphonic concert
20NOVmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
20NOVmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
20 NOV, mn, 20:00 - GRZEGORZ TURNAU L-LIVE KONCERT URODZINOWYkoncert zewnętrzny
21 NOV, tu, 19:00 - PETER BENCEkoncert zewnętrzny
TOMORROW22 NOVwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Salon music impressionsChamber Concert
24NOVfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
24NOVfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2017/2018Brahms | SchumannSymphonic concert
25NOVsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
25NOVsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
25NOVsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
25NOVsa, 19:00
27NOVmn, 10:00
27NOVmn, 12:00
27NOVmn, 12:00
Seniorita w Filharmonii - koncert wyjazdowyaway concert / workshops final
27NOVmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2017/2018Tomasz Stańko Quartet Jazz concert
30NOVth, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
30NOVth, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
30NOVth, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
December 2017
01DECfr, 19:00
SONORO 2017/2018Pieśń nocy MahleraSymphonic concert
03DECsn, 17:00
Pine or spruceFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
03DECsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
04DECmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2017/2018Leszek Możdżer & Baroque Holland Orchestra Jazz concert
05DECtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2017/2018PIOUN - Regained notesTraditional concert
06DECwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
06DECwd, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
06DECwd, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
06DECwd, 19:00
07DECth, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2017/2018Chopin | SMOKChamber Concert
08DECfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2017/2018Italian jobSymphonic concert
09DECsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
09DECsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
09DECsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
10DECsn, 17:00
BRILLANTE 2017/2018With baton and MoCartSymphonic concert
11 DEC, mn, 19:00 - ANIA RUSOWICZ I GOŚCIE - BIGBITOWE PASTORAŁKIkoncert zewnętrzny
13DECwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Philharmonic musicians play chamberChamber Concert
14DECth, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
14DECth, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
14DECth, 19:00
15DECfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
15DECfr, 19:00
FESTIVO 2017/2018Mendelssohn | Hymn of PraiseSymphonic concert
16DECsa, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
18DECmn, 10:00
18DECmn, 12:00
20DECwd, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2017/2018Lilya Zilberstein & sonsrecital
21DECth, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2017/2018Royal String Quartet | LAB 3: El-quartetelectronic music concert
27DECwd, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
28DECth, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
28DECth, 19:00
Christmas concertSymphonic concert
29DECfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
31DECsn, 20:00
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