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).
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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