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 2020
01FEBsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
01FEBsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
01FEBsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
01 FEB, sa, 17:30 - GRUPA MOCARTA I PRZYJACIELEkoncert zewnętrzny
02FEBsn, 12:00
MISTERIOSO | Filharmonicy kameralnieSkrzypce Jana WaraczewskiegoChamber Concert
02 FEB, sn, 17:00 - KONCERT WIEDEŃSKIkoncert zewnętrzny
02 FEB, sn, 19:30 - KONCERT WIEDEŃSKIkoncert zewnętrzny
03FEBmn, 10:00
Koncerty szkolne 2019/2020Historia pewnego utworu - Piątka BeethovenaSchool concert dla klas IV-VIII
03FEBmn, 12:00
Koncerty szkolne 2019/2020Historia pewnego utworu - Piątka BeethovenaSchool concert dla klas IV-VIII
03 FEB, mn, 17:00 - KONCERT WIEDEŃSKIkoncert zewnętrzny
03 FEB, mn, 19:30 - KONCERT WIEDEŃSKIkoncert zewnętrzny
04FEBtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
04FEBtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
04FEBtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
05FEBwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
05FEBwd, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
05FEBwd, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
05FEBwd, 19:00
06FEBth, 17:00
Galeria przy CerkwiBabak Safari - plakatywernisaż
06FEBth, 19:00
RUBATOIva Bittová & Čikori I Czech RepublicTraditional concert
06FEBth, 19:00
07FEBfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOSchnyder I BEETHOVEN 250Symphonic concert
09FEBsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2019/2020All you need is loveconcertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
09FEBsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
10FEBmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVOTubis TrioJazz concert
11 FEB, tu, 19:00 - WIELKI KONCERT WIEDEŃSKI 2020-KRÓLEWSKA ORKIESTRA ODESSAkoncert zewnętrzny
12FEBwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSOFrancesco Tristano recital
14FEBfr, 13:00
14FEBfr, 14:00
14FEBfr, 15:00
14FEBfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOArtur Ruciński I Opera Arias Symphonic concert
16FEBsn, 19:00
17 FEB, mn, 19:00 - MICHAŁ BAJOR - KOLOR CAFE. PRZEBOJE WŁOSKIE I FRANCUSKIEkoncert zewnętrzny
18 FEB, tu, 19:00 - DARIA ZAWIAŁOW - HELSINKI TOUR 3.0koncert zewnętrzny
19FEBwd, 19:30
19 FEB, wd, 20:00 - RAY WILSON - GENESIS CLASSICkoncert zewnętrzny
20FEBth, 20:00
SOUNDLABLab 5: Teoniki Rożynek & Qba Janicki electronic music concert
21FEBfr, 13:00
21FEBfr, 14:00
21FEBfr, 15:00
21FEBfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOMasters of BACHkoncert muzyki dawnej
22 FEB, sa, 19:00 - IKONY MUZYKI- POECI ROCKAkoncert zewnętrzny
23FEBsn, 12:00
MISTERIOSO | Filharmonicy kameralnieFeelharmony Quintet I Philharmonics play chamberChamber Concert
23FEBsn, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
23 FEB, sn, 19:00 - DAWID PODSIADŁO – LEŚNA MUZYKAkoncert zewnętrzny
24 FEB, mn, 19:00 - DAWID PODSIADŁO – LEŚNA MUZYKAkoncert zewnętrzny
TODAY25 FEBtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
TODAY25 FEBtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
25 FEB, tu, 20:00 - PIASECZNY THE BESTkoncert zewnętrzny
TOMORROW26 FEBwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
TOMORROW26 FEBwd, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – IntegraChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii i osób z dysfunkcjami
TOMORROW26 FEBwd, 19:00
28FEBfr, 10:00
Otwarte próby generalneOtwarte próby generalne
28FEBfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOSCHUMANN I BEETHOVEN 250Symphonic concert
March 2020
01MARsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2019/2020Edu Virtuoso II – vocal talent showconcertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
01MARsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
02MARmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
02MARmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
02MARmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
03MARtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
03MARtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
03MARtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
06MARfr, 13:00
06MARfr, 14:00
06MARfr, 15:00
06MARfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOGamzou I SCHUBERT I BEETHOVEN 250Symphonic concert
07MARsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
07MARsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
07MARsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
07MARsa, 17:00
ENERGICOLAO CHEconcert
08MARsn, 12:00
MISTERIOSO | Filharmonicy kameralnieThoughtful and romantic I Philharmonics play chamber Chamber Concert
08MARsn, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
09MARmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVOKostov | Pańta | Konrad TrioJazz concert
10MARtu, 10:00
Koncerty szkolne 2019/2020Historia pewnego utworu - Czwórka CzajkowskiegoSchool concert dla klas IV-VIII
10MARtu, 12:00
Koncerty szkolne 2019/2020Historia pewnego utworu - Czwórka CzajkowskiegoSchool concert dla klas IV-VIII
11MARwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSOHania Rani recital
13MARfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOTebar I LISZT I Faust Symphony Symphonic concert
15MARsn, 19:00
BRILLANTESwing I Feelings I LifeSymphonic concert (sinfonietta)
16MARmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
16MARmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
16MARmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
17MARtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
17MARtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
17MARtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III z udziałem muzyków Filharmonii
18MARwd, 19:30
19MARth, 19:00
RUBATOJOY!GURU I Indie I PolskaTraditional concert
20MARfr, 10:00
Otwarte próby generalneOtwarte próby generalne
20MARfr, 13:00
20MARfr, 14:00
20MARfr, 15:00
20MARfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOKozhukhin I SoddySymphonic concert
21MARsa, 20:00
SOUNDLABLab 6: Chamber techno paradeelectronic music concert
27MARfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOMissa solemnis I BEETHOVEN 250Symphonic concert
28MARsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
28MARsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
28MARsa, 12:00
Raniutto - PregnatoWorkshops dla mam z brzuszkami
28MARsa, 19:00
GRANDIOSONational Forum of Music I BEETHOVEN 250Symphonic concert
29MARsn, 12:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
29MARsn, 12:00
MISTERIOSO | Filharmonicy kameralnieBEETHOVEN 250 I Philharmonics play chamberChamber Concert
29MARsn, 19:00
GRANDIOSOBamberger Symphoniker I BEETHOVEN 250Symphonic concert
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