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).
September 2017
01SEPfr, 19:00
02SEPsa, 20:00
08SEPfr, 19:00
ILYO 2017Symphonic concert
15SEPfr, 19:00
Meisinger Music Festival - Szczecin 2017Meisinger Music Festival: InauguracjaSymphonic concert
16SEPsa, 16:00
Meisinger Music Festival - Szczecin 2017Meisinger Music Festival: VivaldissimoSymphonic concert
16SEPsa, 19:30
Meisinger Music Festival - Szczecin 2017Meisinger Music Festival: Piotr Anderszewskirecital
20SEPwd, 19:00
TOMORROW22 SEPfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2017/2018Inauguracja sezonu Szymanowski | Karłowiczseason opening concert 2017/2018
23SEPsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
23SEPsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
23SEPsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
23 SEP, sa, 20:00 - ANIA DĄBROWSKAkoncert zewnętrzny
24 SEP, sn, 19:00 - LURAkoncert zewnętrzny
25SEPmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
25SEPmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
25SEPmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
25 SEP, mn, 19:00 - 40-LECIE ZESPOŁU POD BUDĄkoncert zewnętrzny
26SEPtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
26SEPtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
26SEPtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
27SEPwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Artist-in-residence: ASQ | SEIFERTChamber Concert
29SEPfr, 16:00
29SEPfr, 19:00
SONORO 2017/2018Haydn | SchubertSymphonic concert
30SEPsa, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
30SEPsa, 18:00
October 2017
01OCTsn, 17:00
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC DAY - PERFORMANCE PREMIERE Up-Down – being Karłowiczfamily performancefor children aged 6+ with guardians
02OCTmn, 19:00
03OCTtu, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2017/2018Ladies and jazzJazz concert
04OCTwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2017/2018Anna Maria Staśkiewicz | SMOKChamber Concert
05OCTth, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Chinese flashbackChamber Concert
06OCTfr, 19:00
FESTIVO 2017/2018Szczecin | Carl Loewe Symphonic concert
09OCTmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
09OCTmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje - W trasie koncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
10OCTtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
10OCTtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
10OCTtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
11OCTwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Philharmonic musicians play chamber Chamber Concert
13OCTfr, 19:00
SONORO 2017/2018Mykietyn | BeethovenSymphonic concert
14OCTsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
14OCTsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
14OCTsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
14OCTsa, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2017/2018Arte dei Suonatori | Concerts with vision Chamber Concert
15OCTsn, 17:00
BRILLANTE 2017/2018Artist-in-residence: ASQ | Adam Sztaba Symphonic concert
15OCTsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
17OCTtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
17OCTtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
17OCTtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
21OCTsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
21OCTsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
21OCTsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
21OCTsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2017/2018Gabriel Prokofiev / Mr Switch | LAB 1: El-soundelectronic music concert
23OCTmn, 10:00
23OCTmn, 12:00
25OCTwd, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2017/2018Bach | Das Wohltemperierte Klavier recital
27OCTfr, 16:00
27OCTfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2017/2018Sibelius | RachmaninowSymphonic concert
28OCTsa, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami filharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat, bez udziału opiekunów
31OCTtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
31OCTtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
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