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 2020
01 APR, wd, 20:00 - RED BOX [PRZENIESIONY NA 29.03.2021 r.]koncert zewnętrzny
03APRfr, 10:00
Otwarte próby generalneOtwarte próby generalne
03APRfr, 13:00
03APRfr, 14:00
03APRfr, 15:00
03APRfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOGillam I Kalia [CANCELED]Symphonic concert
04APRsa, 20:00
SOUNDLABLab7: Resina I Traces [CANCELED]electronic music concert
05 APR, sn, 19:00 - KRÓL [PRZENIESIONY NA 14.06.2020 r.; GOKSiR PRZECŁAW]koncert zewnętrzny
05APRsn, 19:00
Filharmonia Szczecin OnlineBolero Ravela + [Filharmonia Szczecin Online]premiera online
TODAY06 APRmn, 11:00
Filharmonia Szczecin OnlineDoNuta taktuje - Online [Filharmonia Szczecin Online]premiera onlinefor children and youth
TOMORROW07 APRtu, 11:00
Filharmonia Szczecin OnlineDoNuta taktuje - Online [Filharmonia Szczecin Online]premiera onlinefor children and youth
15APRwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO | Artist-in-residence 2019/2020Marcin Masecki Jazz Trio | Ewa Majcherczyk [CANCELED]Chamber Concert
16APRth, 19:00
18APRsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
18APRsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
18APRsa, 12:00
Raniutto - Staccato [CANCELED]Workshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
19APRsn, 19:00
BRILLANTECHOPIN according to Leszek Kułakowski [CANCELED]Symphonic concert (sinfonietta)
20APRmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowyz udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
20APRmn, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowyz udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
20APRmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVOJeremy Pelt [CANCELED]Jazz concert
21APRtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowyz udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
21APRtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowyz udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
22APRwd, 19:00
24APRfr, 13:00
24APRfr, 14:00
24APRfr, 15:00
24APRfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOMarimbas I Orchestra I Women [CANCELED]Symphonic concert
26APRsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2019/2020Musical tale ‘King Matt the First’ [CANCELED]concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
26APRsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
28APRtu, 10:00
Koncerty szkolne 2019/2020Historia pewnego utworu - Dziewiątka Dvořáka [ODWOŁANY]School concert dla klas IV-VIII
28APRtu, 12:00
Koncerty szkolne 2019/2020Historia pewnego utworu - Dziewiątka Dvořáka [ODWOŁANY]School concert dla klas IV-VIII
29APRwd, 19:00
May 2020
04MAYmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
04MAYmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
04MAYmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
04 MAY, mn, 19:30 - BROADWAY EXCLUSIVE [PRZENIESIONY NA 22.02.2021 r.koncert zewnętrzny
05MAYtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
05MAYtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
05MAYtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
08MAYfr, 13:00
08MAYfr, 14:00
08MAYfr, 15:00
08MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONYFedorova I BorowiczSymphonic concert
09MAYsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
09MAYsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
09MAYsa, 12:00
Raniutto - Staccato [CANCELED]Workshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
09 MAY, sa, 19:00 - JUŻ SIĘ NIE WSTYDZĘ [PRZEŁOŻONE NA 02.11.2020]koncert zewnętrzny
10 MAY, sn, 18:00 - STARE DOBRE MAŁŻEŃSTWO [PRZENIESIONY NA 06.02.2021]koncert zewnętrzny
11MAYmn, 19:00
15MAYfr, 10:00
Otwarte próby generalneOtwarte próby generalne
15MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONYKismet | Broadway 1953Symphonic concert
17MAYsn, 19:00
FILM-HARMONYMetropolis 1927 | Live musicconcert
18MAYmn, 10:00
Koncerty szkolne 2019/2020Historia pewnego utworu – Cztery pory roku VivaldiegoSchool concert dla klas IV-VIII
18MAYmn, 12:00
Koncerty szkolne 2019/2020Historia pewnego utworu – Cztery pory roku VivaldiegoSchool concert dla klas IV-VIII
20MAYwd, 19:00
21MAYth, 19:00
RUBATOEtnofonie Kurpiowskie I PolandTraditional concert
22MAYfr, 13:00
22MAYfr, 14:00
22MAYfr, 15:00
22MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONYConcerto italiano I NINO ROTASymphonic concert
23MAYsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
23MAYsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
23MAYsa, 12:00
Raniutto - Staccato [CANCELED]Workshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
24MAYsn, 12:00
24MAYsn, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
25MAYmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
25MAYmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
25MAYmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
26MAYtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
26MAYtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
26MAYtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
29MAYfr, 19:00
FILM-HARMONYJames Horner’s TracksSymphonic concert
31MAYsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2019/2020Who was Oz?Theatrical performancefor children aged 6+ with guardians
31MAYsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
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