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).
April 2019
01APRmn, 10:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
01APRmn, 12:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
02APRtu, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2018/2019Straight from Szczecin | Michał FrancuzChamber Concert
04APRth, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2018/2019Shiva Feshareki | Lab 7: El-vinylelectronic music concert
05APRfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
05APRfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
05APRfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
05APRfr, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019Mozart | Haydn Symphonic concert
07APRsn, 17:00
Czy mnie jeszcze pamiętasz? Seniorita w FilharmoniiFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
07APRsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
09APRtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
09APRtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
09APRtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2018/2019Alentejo Cantado (Portugalia)Traditional concert
10APRwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
10APRwd, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
11APRth, 19:00
12APRfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
12APRfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
12APRfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
12APRfr, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019Walewska | Songs by KarłowiczSymphonic concert
13APRsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
13APRsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
13APRsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
13APRsa, 19:00
ENERGICO 2018/2019Mitch & Mitch | ENERGICOconcert
14 APR, sn, 20:00 - KUBA BADACH - TRIBUTE TO ANDRZEJ ZAUCHA. OBECNYkoncert zewnętrzny
15 APR, mn, 19:00 - GALA NAGRODY ARTYSTYCZNEJ Z AGĄ ZARYANkoncert zewnętrzny
15APRmn, 19:30
Walewska | Songs by Karłowicz copykoncert wyjazdowy23. Wielkanocny Festiwal Ludwiga van Beethovena
17APRwd, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2018/2019Competition Laureates | Boris Giltburgrecital
TOMORROW23 APRtu, 17:00
Za durami, za mollami – spotkanie autorskie z Dorotą Gellnerspotkanie autorskieod 6. roku życia z opiekunami
24APRwd, 19:00
25APRth, 17:30
akcja społeczna Słyszę Dobre DźwiękiODRA SOUND DESIGNconcert
25 APR, th, 20:00 - ANIA DĄBROWSKA THE BEST OFkoncert zewnętrzny
26APRfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
26APRfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
26APRfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
26APRfr, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019Sibelius | Lutosławski | CzajkowskiSymphonic concert
28APRsn, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2018/2019Grażyna Auguścik | Jazz | Orchestraconcert
30APRtu, 19:00
May 2019
05MAYsn, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2018/2019Claudia Stein plays WeinbergSymphonic concert
07MAYtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2018/2019Ibrahim Maalouf [concert cancelled]Traditional concert
07MAYtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2018/2019Marko Marković Brass BandTraditional concert
08MAYwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
08MAYwd, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
08MAYwd, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
08MAYwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2018/2019Harpsichord recital I Marcin ŚwiątkiewiczChamber Concert
09MAYth, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
09MAYth, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
09MAYth, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
10MAYfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
10MAYfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
10MAYfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
10MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONY 2018/2019John Williams | Richard WagnerSymphonic concert
11MAYsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
11MAYsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
11MAYsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
14MAYtu, 10:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
14MAYtu, 12:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
15MAYwd, 10:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
15MAYwd, 12:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
17MAYfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
17MAYfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
17MAYfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
17MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONY 2018/2019Szczecin–Wrocław | Movie setChamber Concert
18MAYsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2018/2019Weiss Video Orchestra – Lab 8: El-multielectronic music concert
19MAYsn, 17:00
W kinie w Szczecinie! Muzyka filmowaFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
19MAYsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
21MAYtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
21MAYtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
21MAYtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
22MAYwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
22MAYwd, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
22MAYwd, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
22MAYwd, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2018/2019Szczecin Artists | Jola SzczepaniakChamber Concert
24MAYfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
24MAYfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
24MAYfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
24MAYfr, 19:00
25MAYsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
25MAYsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
25MAYsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
27MAYmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2018/2019Stars for Quincy Jones Jazz concert
31MAYfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
31MAYfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
31MAYfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
31MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONY 2018/2019Made in AmericaSymphonic concert
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