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).
December 2018
02DECsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2018/2019Edu Virtuoso - symfoniczny talent showFamily concert
02DECsn, 17:00
Salonik wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
03DECmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2018/2019Adam Bałdych & Helge Lien TrioJazz concert
04DECtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2018/2019Eva QuartetTraditional concert
05DECwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concert
05DECwd, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concert
05DECwd, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concert
05 DEC, wd, 19:00 - KASIA KOWALSKA JUBILEUSZkoncert zewnętrzny
06DECth, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
06DECth, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
07DECfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
07DECfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
07DECfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
07DECfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2018/2019Noskowski | Glazunov | BrucknerSymphonic concert
08DECsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
08DECsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
08DECsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
09DECsn, 19:00
10DECmn, 10:00
Orkiestra na językachSchool concert
10DECmn, 12:00
Orkiestra na językachSchool concert
10 DEC, mn, 19:00 - COHEN I KOBIETYkoncert zewnętrzny
11DECtu, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2018/2019Szczecin Artists| Aldona BartnikChamber Concert
11 DEC, tu, 20:00 - KUBA BADACH + MABASO - BACK TO SCHOOLkoncert zewnętrzny
12 DEC, wd, 20:00 - SKALDOWIE "NAJWIĘKSZE PRZEBOJE"koncert zewnętrzny
12DECwd, 20:30
Adolescentwernisaż
13DECth, 19:00
FESTIVO 2018/2019Biała flagaChamber Concert
TODAY14 DECfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
TODAY14 DECfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
TODAY14 DECfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
TODAY14 DECfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2018/2019Penderecki | 7 gates of JerusalemSymphonic concert
TOMORROW15 DECsa, 12:00
Salonik wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
TOMORROW15 DECsa, 17:00
Oktopus - podwodna improwizacjaspektakl improwizowanyfor children aged 6+ with guardians
TOMORROW15 DECsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2018/2019Grabek | LAB_3: El-softelectronic music concert
18DECtu, 10:00
Orkiestra na językachSchool concert
18DECtu, 12:00
Orkiestra na językachSchool concert
19DECwd, 19:00
20 DEC, th, 19:00 - GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRAkoncert zewnętrzny
21DECfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
21DECfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
21DECfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
21DECfr, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2018/2019Jerzy Grunwald | Christmas Concertconcert
22DECsa, 19:00
DECISO 2018/2019Scarlatti | Christmas Cantatakoncert muzyki dawnej
27DECth, 19:00
DECISO 2018/2019Venetian Christmaskoncert muzyki dawnej
28DECfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
28DECfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
28DECfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
28DECfr, 19:00
FESTIVO 2018/2019Jubilee of the Animato ensembleconcert
31DECmn, 20:00
January 2019
01JANtu, 17:00
02JANwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2018/2019Paganini | Bach | ChamberChamber Concert
05JANsa, 19:00
06JANsn, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2018/2019BBC Symphony OrchestraSymphonic concert
08JANtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
08JANtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
08JANtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
08JANtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2018/2019Dziczka (Polska/Ukraina) Traditional concert
09JANwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
09JANwd, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
09JANwd, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
12JANsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
12JANsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
12JANsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
12JANsa, 19:00
FESTIVO 2018/2019Presidential ConcertSymphonic concert
13JANsn, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2018/2019Soyka | Woś | Hlushkoconcert
14JANmn, 10:00
Orkiestra na językach BIS School concert dla klas IV-VIII
14JANmn, 12:00
Orkiestra na językach BIS School concert dla klas IV-VIII
14JANmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2018/2019Marcin Wasilewski Trio Jazz concert
18JANfr, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019Gulda | Ravel | RespighiSymphonic concert
20JANsn, 17:00
Jerz IgorFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
20JANsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
22JANtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
22JANtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
22JANtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
23JANwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
23JANwd, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
23JANwd, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
23JANwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2018/2019Percussion Recital I Alexej GerassimezChamber Concert
25JANfr, 19:00
FESTIVO 2018/2019Vivat Mozart! Symphonic concert
26JANsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
26JANsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
26JANsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
26JANsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2018/2019Anna Zaradny | Lab 4: El-sonoelectronic music concert
27JANsn, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2018/2019Songs from Kabaret Starszych Panówconcert
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