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).
February 2019
01FEBfr, 10:00
Zimowy zawrót głowy – ferie w FilharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci od 7. do 10. roku życia
01FEBfr, 12:00
Zimowy zawrót głowy – ferie w FilharmoniiWorkshops dla dzieci od 7. do 10. roku życia
01FEBfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
01FEBfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
01FEBfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
01FEBfr, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019Gershwin | Ginastera | AntonsenSymphonic concert
02 FEB, sa, 20:00 - TURNAU BEDFORD TOUR - KONCERT PRZENIESIONYkoncert zewnętrzny
04FEBmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2018/2019Mateusz Gawęda Trio | FalstartJazz concert
06FEBwd, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019Szczecin-Wrocław | Classicsconcert
07 FEB, th, 17:00 - KONCERT WIEDEŃSKIkoncert zewnętrzny
07 FEB, th, 19:30 - KONCERT WIEDEŃSKIkoncert zewnętrzny
08FEBfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
08FEBfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
08FEBfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
08FEBfr, 19:00
DECISO 2018/2019Avi Avital | Beethoven | Bachconcert
10FEBsn, 17:00
Kim był Oz?family performancefor children aged 6+ with guardians
10FEBsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
11FEBmn, 10:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
11FEBmn, 12:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
11FEBmn, 17:00
11 FEB, mn, 19:00 - PAWEŁ DOMAGAŁA - 1984 TOURkoncert zewnętrzny
12FEBtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2018/2019Klapa Reful Split (Chorwacja)Traditional concert
13FEBwd, 19:00
ANIMATO 2018/2019Philharmonic plays chamber | Magic sonataChamber Concert
14FEBth, 19:00
14 FEB, th, 20:00 - WILKI AKUSTYCZNIEkoncert zewnętrzny
15FEBfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
15FEBfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
15FEBfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
15FEBfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2018/2019Bernstein | Borowicz | MeisingerSymphonic concert
20FEBwd, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2018/2019Competition Laureates | Denis Kozhukhinrecital
TODAY21 FEBth, 09:00
akcja społeczna Słyszę Dobre DźwiękiSłyszę Dobre Dźwiękikonferencja
TOMORROW22 FEBfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
TOMORROW22 FEBfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
TOMORROW22 FEBfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
TOMORROW22 FEBfr, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019 | Preludium Talentów Boreyko| Stravinsky Symphonic concert
23FEBsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
23FEBsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
23FEBsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
23FEBsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2018/2019Forest Swords | Lab 5: El-tripelectronic music concert
24FEBsn, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2018/2019K. Stańko | Herdzin | Aquariusconcert
25 FEB, mn, 19:00 - KULT AKUSTIKkoncert zewnętrzny
26FEBtu, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2018/2019Sax & KeurisChamber Concert
27FEBwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
27FEBwd, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
28FEBth, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
28FEBth, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
March 2019
01MARfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
01MARfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
01MARfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
01MARfr, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2018/2019Beethoven's foursSymphonic concert
02 MAR, sa, 18:00 - GRUPA MoCarta I PRZYJACIELEkoncert zewnętrzny
02 MAR, sa, 20:30 - GRUPA MoCarta I PRZYJACIELEkoncert zewnętrzny
04MARmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2018/2019Kaczmarczyk Trio | Vars & Kaper DeconstructionJazz concert
05MARtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
05MARtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
05MARtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
05MARtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2018/2019Robert Bisha & Albanian Iso-Polyphonic ChoirTraditional concert
06MARwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
06MARwd, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
06MARwd, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
07MARth, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2018/2019Stravinsky | Lab 6: El-recompositioelectronic music concert
08MARfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
08MARfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
08MARfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
08MARfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2018/2019Bashmet I Schnittke I RachmaninoffSymphonic concert
09MARsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
09MARsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
09MARsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
10MARsn, 17:00
Czy jedzie z nami Mozart?Family concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
10MARsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
12MARtu, 10:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
12MARtu, 12:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
13MARwd, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2018/2019Laureaci konkursów | Dmitry Masleevrecital
15MARfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
15MARfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
15MARfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
15MARfr, 19:00
DECISO 2018/2019Staatskapelle Weimar | KarabitsSymphonic concert
16MARsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
16MARsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
16MARsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
17MARsn, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2018/2019Anna Jurksztowicz | Krzesimir Dębskiconcert
19MARtu, 19:00
22MARfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
22MARfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
22MARfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
22MARfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2018/2019Waarts plays ProkofievSymphonic concert
25MARmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
25MARmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
25MARmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
26MARtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
26MARtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
26MARtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
29MARfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
29MARfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
29MARfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
29MARfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2018/2019Mahler 2Symphonic concert
31MARsn, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2018/2019Buxtehude | Membra Jesu Nostri koncert muzyki dawnej
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