The history of the Orchestra


Orchestra history, like a symphony


The Szczecin orchestra's fortunes resemble Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5: contrasting themes, an atmosphere of conflict, the suffering of individuals, a few dead end streets and gigantic triumph – a sunny C Major chord. This history dates back to post-war times, when musical life in Szczecin was full of enthusiasm, and an atmosphere of great reconstruction and spontaneity. There were several ensembles performing at various venues. Szczecin dwellers owe the beginnings of the symphony orchestra to the work of professionals and enthusiasts, professional musicians and amateurs. It was they who on November 23, 1945, performed works by Rachmaninov, Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky at a concert that took place ... at the Baltic Cinema. The next phases of symphonic music development are reminiscent of the rings of a young tree. This "cinematic" ensemble was accompanied by instrumental formations from the army and rail, and then strengthened by a 12-person radio orchestra. In 1947 the next musical ensemble to start in the city was the Polish Musicians’ Association Symphony Orchestra (like the contrasting theme in Beethoven's symphony). The need to regulate this dispersed musical activity slowly grew. With the help of collectivising tendencies of those times, the Workers’ Music Association (RTM) was established in 1948, with that year considered the official start of the state orchestra in Szczecin. Felicjan Lasota became the first director and conductor of the RTM Orchestra.

At that time, the Konzerthaus reconstruction in Małopolska Street was under intense discussion, the well preserved façade encouraging restoration. The dream of this location for a future philharmonic returned in the press of the 1950s. In 1960, a new concept was introduced, to put a theater room in the Konzerthaus building. Ultimately, the dream of reconstruction and artistic development of this place began in 1963, when a tender for demolition was announced. Immediately there was a parking lot created in this square.

In the meantime the ministry established the State Philharmonic in Szczecin. Musicians and administrators settled down, and as it later turned out, not at all temporarily in the left wing of the National City Council (today the City Hall building). At the new place and under the watchful eye of the city authorities, those who were in charge of the artistic development of the institution were: Józef Wilkomirski (1955-1971), Stefan Marczyk (1971-1990), Jarosław Lipke (1990-1994), Józef Radwan (1994-1996), Jerzy Salwarowski (1996-2003), Zygmunt Rychert (2003-2009) and Mykola Diadiura (2009-2012). For more than three decades (1951-1986) the Philharmonic also played under the baton of Walerian Pawłowski.

The list of soloists who guest-starred with the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra is testament to the institution being a place of resonance of fame for both Polish and foreign artists. These included: Krystian Zimerman, Rafał Blechacz, Emmanuel Ax, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Lidia Grychtołówna, Witold Małcużyński, Piotr Paleczny, Ewa Pobłocka, Adam Makowicz, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Kaja Danczowska, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Stefania Toczyska, Ewa Podleś, Urszula Kryger, Wiesław Ochman, Andrzej Hiolski, Edward Auer, Zakhar Bron, Eugen Indjic, Kevin Kenner, Natalia Gutman, Maurizio Pollini and Ivan Monighetti. The conductor’s podium has seen such great artists as i.a.: Witold Rowicki, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Antoni Wit, Krzysztof Penderecki, Tomasz Bugaj, Jerzy Katlewicz, Marek Pijarowski, Tadeusz Strugała, Karol Teutsch, Andrzej Markowski, Kazimierz Kord and Jerzy Maksymiuk.

Within a few decades the orchestra had been invited to travel by many excellent musical venues. They have performed at the Warsaw Philharmonic and on stages in Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, as well as in Italy, the Netherlands and France.

In 1995, the Szczecin orchestra took part in the 50th anniversary celebrations of Polish Radio Szczecin, and during the jubilee concert, Janusz Stalmierski's "Symphony of four dreams" was recorded. Four years later, in 1999, the philharmonic musicians celebrated their own anniversary: the 50th anniversary of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

At the beginning of the new millennium the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra together with the NOSPR orchestra, released a CD entitled "Brahms, Prokofiev – Piano Concertos", which in 2002 was nominated for a Fryderyk Award for album of the year in orchestra music (conductor: Jerzy Salwarowski). In 2005 they played in exceptional circumstances: the Symphony Orchestra together with the Castle Opera Orchestra and the Szczecin choirs performed "Polish Requiem" by Krzysztof Penderecki in the Szczecin Shipyard. The concert itself commemorating the victims of December 1970 was conducted by the composer himself.

In 2012 the position of managing director of the Philharmonic was taken over by Dorota Serwa, who entrusted direction of the orchestra to Michał Dworzyński (2012/2013) and in the following artistic seasons (2013/2014 and 2014/2015) to Ewa Strusińska. From the outset of Dorota Serwa’s tenure as managing director, the topic of the location of the Symphony Orchestra in Malopolska Street returned. It was to be the former location of the Konzerthaus. In this way, history had made a full circle. People returned to the interrupted symphony of history ...

In August 2014, the musicians moved into their very modern architectural premises. The inaugural concert of the first artistic season in the impressive “Sun Hall” was performed by the Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Jacek Kaspszyk on September 5, 2014. This was the first event in the inaugural cycle – ƒorte. ƒortissimo. ƒilharmonia.

2018 will mark 70 years from the founding of the Workers’ Music Association. In continuing the rich musical tradition of Szczecin, the current artistic director of the philharmonic, the Norwegian conductor with the world reputation Rune Bergmann, will introduce music lovers to this year's jubilee year. Today the orchestra is an ensemble consisting of 90 exquisite musicians. One of the advantages of their concerts is undoubtedly the great acoustics of the golden Symphony Hall in Małopolska Street. This architecturally beautiful building, awarded many a time in prestigious architectural competitions, became an impulse to the ensemble for dynamic artistic development. In the 2016/17 artistic season, many well-known artists performed together with the orchestra: i.a. Gábor Boldoczki, Tabea Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Francesco Tristano, Terence Blanchard and Matthew Herbert. While on the conductor’s podium we have seen such personalities as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Eugene Tzigane, Łukasz Borowicz, José Luis Gomez and Ainārs Rubikis. On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Philharmonic Patron’s birthday – Mieczysław Karłowicz, the orchestra recorded and produced, with Bartłomiej Nizioł as soloist, an album which was nominated for a Polish Music Industry “Fryderyk” Award for album of the year in symphonic and concert music.

This is not the end of the story of the orchestra, which in addition to Beethoven’s “Fifth” will go on to play many more symphonies ...

Developed on the basis of archival materials of the Szczecin Philharmonic and the book by Mikołaj Szczęsny "Szczecin Philharmonic Musicians 1948-1998" (Szczecin 1999).
September 2021
01SEPwd, 17:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021Siberians in Western Pomeraniavernissage
01SEPwd, 19:00
ENERGICO 2021/2022MELA KOTELUK | KWADROFONIK | Poet's astronomy. Baczyńskiconcert with audience
02SEPth, 15:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021Borderlands stored in the familywarsztaty badawcze
02SEPth, 19:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021Music found | Film screeningprojekcja / spotkanie autorskie z Andrzejem Bieńkowskim
03SEPfr, 10:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021Borderlands stored in the familywarsztaty badawcze
03SEPfr, 14:00
03SEPfr, 15:00
03SEPfr, 15:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021Borderlands stored in the familywarsztaty badawcze
03SEPfr, 19:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021Classical Borderlands | INAUGURATIONconcert with audience
04SEPsa, 10:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021Auditions | Singing bands and soloistsAuditions
04SEPsa, 14:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021Przesłuchania konkursowe | Kapele i soliści instrumentaliściAuditions
04 SEP, sa, 19:00 - RICHARD BONA [PRZENIESIONY Z ZAMKU KSIĄŻĄT POMORSKICH]koncert zewnętrzny
04SEPsa, 20:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021Borderland House of Dance I Dance partyDancing party
05SEPsn, 12:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021Borderland dance and song workshops for familiesworkshops
05SEPsn, 16:00
MISTERIOSO 2021/2022FeelHarmony Quintetconcert with audience
05SEPsn, 17:00
VII Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2021 | Filharmonia Szczecin Online 2021/20227th True Musicians Tournament - TMP 2021 Concert with audience / free online broadcast
10SEPfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2021/2022 | LiveFilharmonia 2021/2022SEASON INAUGURATIONconcert with audience / paid online broadcast
12SEPsn, 17:00
13SEPmn, 19:00
Senior ON Plusfree online premiere
15SEPwd, 20:00
Filharmonia Szczecin Online 2021/2022Współcześni Twórcy: Hania Rani & Dobrawa Czocherfree online premiere
17SEPfr, 14:00
17SEPfr, 15:00
17SEPfr, 20:00
SOUNDLAB 2021/2022Resina | Speechlessconcert with audience
18SEPsa, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2021/2022 | LiveFilharmonia 2021/2022Mary Komasa | Disarmnewest VOD
19SEPsn, 17:00
MISTERIOSO 2021/2022ÉxQuartet | LOEWE | WEINBERG | ALTERconcert with audience
22SEPwd, 20:00
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMOpening concert I MYKIETYNcomposing performance
22SEPwd, 20:50
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMIllumination shows of the Philharmonic buildingillumination show
23SEPth, 20:00
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMLittle whirlpools out in the middle of the oceanvernissage
23SEPth, 20:50
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMIllumination shows of the Philharmonic buildingillumination show
24SEPfr, 14:00
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMClochee Relaxation Zoneworkshops
24SEPfr, 20:00
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMExtrawelt liveconcert with audience
24SEPfr, 20:50
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMIllumination shows of the Philharmonic buildingillumination show
25SEPsa, 12:00
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMANTIPODES - music therapytherapeutic concert with the audiencedla dzieci od 7. roku życia z opiekunami
25SEPsa, 14:00
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMClochee Relaxation Zoneworkshops
25SEPsa, 20:00
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM | Filharmonia Szczecin Online 2021/2022ÉxQuartet & Patryk Matwiejczuk Concert with audience / free online broadcast
25SEPsa, 20:50
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMIllumination shows of the Philharmonic buildingillumination show
TODAY26 SEPsn, 14:00
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMClochee Relaxation Zoneworkshops
TODAY26 SEPsn, 19:00
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM | LiveFilharmonia 2021/2022PÄRT | SIKORSKI | ADAMS | NYMANconcert with audience / paid online broadcast
TODAY26 SEPsn, 20:50
MDF Festival 2021 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMIllumination shows of the Philharmonic buildingillumination show
28SEPtu, 19:00
ENERGICO 2021/2022Monika Borzym | Radioheadycznieconcert with audience
29 SEP, wd, 19:00 - VARIUS MANX & KASIA STANKIEWICZ - 30-LECIE W SZCZECINIEkoncert zewnętrzny
October 2021
01OCTfr, 14:00
01OCTfr, 15:00
01OCTfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2021/2022BEETHOVEN | Missa solemnis concert with audience
02OCTsa, 19:00
Filharmonia Szczecin Online 2021/2022Classical borderlands I Opening concertfree online premiere
03OCTsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2021/2022POLEMIKA - Jak brzmi czas?koncert z publicznościądla dzieci od 6. roku życia z opiekunami
04 OCT, mn, 19:00 - HANIA RANI & DOBRAWA CZOCHER. INNER SYMPHONIESkoncert zewnętrzny
05 OCT, tu, 19:00 - ARTUR ANDRUSkoncert zewnętrzny
06 OCT, wd, 19:00 - KONCERT WIEDEŃSKI Z KLASĄ I HUMOREM - WIEDEŃSKIE OGRODYkoncert zewnętrzny
07OCTth, 19:00
RUBATO 2021/2022Etnofonie kurpiowskieconcert with audience
08OCTfr, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2021/2022 | LiveFilharmonia 2021/2022Schaeffer | Maseli | Tomaszewskiconcert with audience / paid online broadcast
09 OCT, sa, 18:00 - STARE DOBRE MAŁŻEŃSTWOkoncert zewnętrzny
11OCTmn, 10:00
POLSKI BRYKkoncert z publicznościądla klas IV-VIII
11OCTmn, 12:00
POLSKI BRYKkoncert z publicznościądla klas IV-VIII
11 OCT, mn, 19:00 - PAWEŁ DOMAGAŁA-WRACAJ TOURkoncert zewnętrzny
12 OCT, tu, 17:30 - RAZ DWA TRZYkoncert zewnętrzny
12 OCT, tu, 20:30 - RAZ DWA TRZYkoncert zewnętrzny
13 OCT, wd, 18:00 - DARIA ZAWIAŁOW - WOJNY I NOCE TOURkoncert zewnętrzny
13 OCT, wd, 21:00 - DARIA ZAWIAŁOW - WOJNY I NOCE TOURkoncert zewnętrzny
15OCTfr, 14:00
15OCTfr, 15:00
15OCTfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2021/2022 | LiveFilharmonia 2021/2022ELGAR | STRAUSS | BRAHMSconcert with audience / paid online broadcast
16OCTsa, 09:00
WARSZTATY „RANIUTTO”workshops dla dzieci od 1. do 2. roku życia z opiekunami
16OCTsa, 11:00
WARSZTATY „RANIUTTO”workshops dla dzieci od 3. do 5. roku życia z opiekunami
17OCTsn, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2021/2022Skolias & Bester - Rebetiko polonikoconcert with audience
18OCTmn, 19:00
Filharmonia Szczecin Online 2021/2022Szczecin Young Percussionfree online premiere
19OCTtu, 09:00
DONUTA PRZEDSTAWIAkoncert z publicznościądla przedszkoli i klas I-III
19OCTtu, 11:00
DONUTA PRZEDSTAWIAkoncert z publicznościądla przedszkoli i klas I-III
22OCTfr, 19:00
23OCTsa, 20:00
SOUNDLAB 2021/2022 | LiveFilharmonia 2021/2022Inspired by Bach: Kostrzewa & Szczecin Philharmonic Big Bandconcert with audience / paid online broadcast
24 OCT, sn, 20:00 - IGOR HERBUT - „CHRUST”koncert zewnętrzny
25 OCT, mn, 19:00 - ADAM SZUSTAK OP - JUŻ SIĘ NIE WSTYDZĘkoncert zewnętrzny
26OCTtu, 09:00
DONUTA PRZEDSTAWIAkoncert z publicznościądla przedszkoli i klas I-III
26OCTtu, 11:00
DONUTA PRZEDSTAWIAkoncert z publicznościądla przedszkoli i klas I-III
26 OCT, tu, 19:00 - MALEŃCZUKkoncert zewnętrzny
27 OCT, wd, 19:00 - MICHAŁ BAJOR-KOLOR CAFE. PRZEBOJE WŁOSKIE I FRANCUSKIEkoncert zewnętrzny
29OCTfr, 14:00
29OCTfr, 15:00
29OCTfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2021/2022MOZART | Requiem concert with audience
30OCTsa, 09:00
WARSZTATY „RANIUTTO”workshops dla dzieci od 1. do 2. roku życia z opiekunami
30OCTsa, 11:00
WARSZTATY „RANIUTTO”workshops dla dzieci od 3. do 5. roku życia z opiekunami
30 OCT, sa, 16:00 - ACCANTUS LIVE 3koncert zewnętrzny
30 OCT, sa, 19:00 - ACCANTUS LIVE 3koncert zewnętrzny
31 OCT, sn, 18:00 - KONCERT FINAŁOWY SZCZECIŃSKIEGO TYGODNIA REFORMACJI 2021koncert zewnętrzny
31OCTsn, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2021/2022 | LiveFilharmonia 2021/2022BEETHOVEN | Missa solemnisnewest VOD
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