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 2020
01 SEP, tu, 20:00 - SZCZECIN JAZZ 2020- MARCIN WASILEWSKI TRIOkoncert zewnętrzny
02SEPwd, 19:00
03SEPth, 15:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Wniebogłosynatural singing workshops
03SEPth, 17:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Geometria emocjifolk dance workshops
03SEPth, 20:00
Filharmonia Szczecin OnlineMuzyczny przewodnik Waleriana Pawłowskiegoonline premiere
04SEPfr, 15:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Wniebogłosynatural singing workshops
04SEPfr, 17:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Geometria emocjifolk dance workshops
04SEPfr, 19:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Koncert inauguracyjny | Tradycjachamber concert
05SEPsa, 15:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Wniebogłosynatural singing workshops
05SEPsa, 17:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Geometria emocjifolk dance workshops
05SEPsa, 19:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Siła korzeni jest w nas. Rzecz o Bogdanie Matławskimfilm screening
06SEPsn, 13:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Wniebogłosynatural singing workshops
06SEPsn, 15:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Geometria emocjifolk dance workshops
06SEPsn, 17:00
VI Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2020Koncert finałowy | Laureaci | Sarakina [TRANSMISJA NA ŻYWO]Traditional concert
10SEPth, 20:00
Filharmonia Szczecin OnlineMuzyczny przewodnik Waleriana Pawłowskiegoonline premiere
11SEPfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOSeason Inauguration I Grosz plays Brahms symphonic concert / online broadcast
13SEPsn, 16:00
15SEPtu, 11:00
DoNuta live – na razchamber concertdla przedszkoli
17SEPth, 20:00
International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra - ILYO 2020 ONLINE | Filharmonia Szczecin OnlineILYO 2020 - podsumowanie [FSO]reportaż
18SEPfr, 14:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
18SEPfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
18SEPfr, 19:00
MISTERIOSOAttacca Quartet I BEETHOVEN 250premiera zarejestrowanego materiału
20SEPsn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVOMożdżer I Orchestrajazz concert / online broadcast
21 SEP, mn, 19:00 - MIĘDZYNARODOWY FESTIWAL SAKSOFONOWY W SZCZECINIEkoncert zewnętrzny
22 SEP, tu, 17:00 - RAZ DWA TRZYkoncert zewnętrzny
22 SEP, tu, 20:30 - RAZ DWA TRZYkoncert zewnętrzny
TOMORROW23 SEPwd, 19:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMWhite Balancevernissage
TOMORROW23 SEPwd, 19:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMKurki. Lipsync for Identityonline installation
TOMORROW23 SEPwd, 20:50
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMIllumination displays on the building facade illumination show
24SEPth, 11:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMSounds against the voiceworkshops
24SEPth, 20:50
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMIllumination displays on the building facade illumination show
24SEPth, 21:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMObszańska | Dziedzic | b2b dj setafterparty
25SEPfr, 11:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMSounds against the voiceworkshops
25SEPfr, 19:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMEinaudi | Divenire symphonic concert / online broadcast
25SEPfr, 20:50
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMIllumination displays on the building facade illumination show
26SEPsa, 15:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMSounds against the voice | the finalconcert
26SEPsa, 16:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMMuzyczne krajobrazy Szczecinamusical walk
26SEPsa, 20:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMHania Rani | Dobrawa Czocherchamber concert / online broadcast
26SEPsa, 20:50
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMIllumination displays on the building facade illumination show
27SEPsn, 10:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM | akcja społeczna Słyszę Dobre DźwiękiWhich way to the sound?workshops
27SEPsn, 12:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM | akcja społeczna Słyszę Dobre DźwiękiWhich way to the sound?workshops
27SEPsn, 19:00
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMEcho Collective plays Jóhann Jóhannssonchamber concert / online broadcast
27SEPsn, 20:50
MDF Festival 2020 MUSIC.DESIGN.FORMIllumination displays on the building facade illumination show
29SEPtu, 11:00
DoNuta live – na dwachamber concertdla klas I-III
29SEPtu, 11:00
DoNuta online – na razonline premieredla przedszkoli
29 SEP, tu, 19:00 - MALEŃCZUK+koncert zewnętrzny
October 2020
01OCTth, 11:00
Dźwiękowiskospatial educational gamedla klas V i VI z opiekunami
02OCTfr, 14:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
02OCTfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
02OCTfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOFAURÉ | ROUSSEL | ROTAsymphonic concert
03OCTsa, 11:00
Raniutto Sensorkionline workshopsdla dzieci w wieku 1-3 lat
06OCTtu, 11:00
DoNuta live – na razchamber concertdla przedszkoli
06OCTtu, 11:00
DoNuta online – na dwaonline premieredla klas I-III
09OCTfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOWEINBERG I BEETHOVEN 250symphonic concert / online broadcast
10OCTsa, 11:00
Raniutto Sensorkionline workshopsdla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat
13OCTtu, 11:00
DoNuta live – na dwachamber concertdla klas I-III
13OCTtu, 11:00
DoNuta online – na razonline premieredla przedszkoli
16OCTfr, 14:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
16OCTfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
16OCTfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOSCHÖNBERG | BEETHOVEN 250symphonic concert / online broadcast
17OCTsa, 11:00
Raniutto Sensorkionline workshopsdla dzieci w wieku 1-3 lat
19OCTmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVOASQ | PENDERECKIjazz concert / online broadcast
20OCTtu, 11:00
DoNuta live – na razchamber concertdla przedszkoli
20OCTtu, 11:00
DoNuta online – na dwaonline premieredla klas I-III
22OCTth, 12:00
Dźwięki na startRozkoduj muzykęschool concert / online broadcastdla klas IV-VIII
23OCTfr, 19:00
23OCTfr, 19:00
24OCTsa, 11:00
Raniutto Sensorkionline workshopsdla dzieci w wieku 4-6 lat
25OCTsn, 19:00
27OCTtu, 11:00
DoNuta live – na dwachamber concertdla klas I-III
27OCTtu, 11:00
DoNuta online – na razonline premieredla przedszkoli
30OCTfr, 14:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
30OCTfr, 16:00
Sight-seeing the Philharmonicsight-seeing the Philharmonic
30OCTfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSORESPIGHI I SCHREKERsymphonic concert / online broadcast
31OCTsa, 11:00
Raniutto Sensorkionline workshopsdla dzieci w wieku 1-3 lat
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