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).
August 2019
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TOMORROW23 AUGfr, 13:00
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TOMORROW23 AUGfr, 14:00
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28AUGwd, 13:00
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28AUGwd, 14:00
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28AUGwd, 15:00
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29AUGth, 13:00
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29AUGth, 14:00
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29AUGth, 15:00
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30AUGfr, 13:00
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30AUGfr, 14:00
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30AUGfr, 15:00
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30AUGfr, 19:00
International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra - ILYO 2019International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra | FINALSymphonic concert
September 2019
05SEPth, 19:00
MISTERIOSO5th Birthday of the New PhilharmonicChamber Concert
05SEPth, 21:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019Brudło z Wąchabna – theatrical investigation Theatrical performance
06SEPfr, 13:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019Auditions for vocalist soloistsAuditions
06SEPfr, 16:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019Auditions for singing groupsAuditions
06SEPfr, 19:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019Opening concert | Tradition | RecompositionSymphonic concert
06SEPfr, 21:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019Brudło z Wąchabna – theatrical investigation Theatrical performance
07SEPsa, 12:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019Auditions for soloist instrumentalistsAuditions
07SEPsa, 14:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019DancingnessWorkshops
07SEPsa, 16:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019Auditions for bandsAuditions
07SEPsa, 18:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019Dance TournamentAuditions
07SEPsa, 20:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019House of DanceDancing party
08SEPsn, 12:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019Kukaj kukawkoTheatrical performance
08SEPsn, 17:00
5th True Musicians Tournament 2019Final Concert | Winners | DikandaTraditional concert
13SEPfr, 17:00
MDF Festival 2019panGenerator | Bits and photonsprezentacja
13SEPfr, 18:30
MDF Festival 2019Light and citydyskusja
13SEPfr, 20:00
MDF Festival 2019Oskar Zięta | CRYSTALS wernisaż
13SEPfr, 20:00
13SEPfr, 21:00
MDF Festival 2019A_GIMelectronic music concert
13SEPfr, 22:30
14SEPsa, 10:00
MDF Festival 2019panGenerator | Bits and photonsWorkshops
14SEPsa, 14:00
14SEPsa, 17:00
MDF Festival 2019Michał Janocha | I hear you are watchingspektakl multimedialnyfor children aged 6+ with guardians
14SEPsa, 21:00
MDF Festival 2019Kwadrofonik | Urlicht concert
14SEPsa, 22:00
MDF Festival 2019 | Artysta Rezydent 2019/2020Marcin Masecki's Jazz Trio feat. Grzegorz Tarwidconcert
15SEPsn, 10:00
MDF Festival 2019panGenerator | Bits and photonsWorkshops
15SEPsn, 10:00
MDF Festival 2019Paweł Kula | Glass and eyeprezentacje dla dzieci w wieku 5-7 lat (z opiekunem)
15SEPsn, 11:30
MDF Festival 2019Paweł Kula | Glass and eyeprezentacje dla dzieci w wieku 8-10 lat (z opiekunem)
15SEPsn, 13:00
MDF Festival 2019Paweł Kula | Glass and eyeprezentacje dla dzieci w wieku 11-13 lat
15SEPsn, 14:00
15SEPsn, 19:00
MDF Festival 2019Laura Mvulaconcert
17 SEP, tu, 19:00 - MEISINGER MUSIC FESTIVAL: "THE GENIUS" - IVO POGORELICHkoncert zewnętrzny
18 SEP, wd, 19:00 - MEISINGER MUSIC FESTIVAL: "REVOLUTION" - JANOSKA ENSEMBLEkoncert zewnętrzny
19 SEP, th, 19:00 - LIQUID MELODY - MUZYCZNY PORTRET MIŁOŚCIkoncert zewnętrzny
27SEPfr, 19:00
28SEPsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
28SEPsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
28SEPsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
30SEPmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
30SEPmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
30SEPmn, 12:00
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