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).
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
02 MAR, mn, 19:00 - PASION DE BUENA VISTAkoncert zewnętrzny
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
03 MAR, tu, 19:00 - KULT AKUSTIKkoncert zewnętrzny
05MARth, 17:00
Galeria przy CerkwiUniesienia - Ewelina Maksimiukwernisaż
06MARfr, 13:00
06MARfr, 14:00
06MARfr, 15:00
06MARfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSO | Preludium Talentów Gamzou 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 - Staccato [CANCELED]Workshops 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 | Dobosz 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
10 MAR, tu, 19:00 - 10 TENORÓWkoncert zewnętrzny
11MARwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSOHania Rani [CANCELED]recital
13MARfr, 19:00
15MARsn, 19:00
BRILLANTESwing I Feelings I Life [CANCELED]Symphonic concert (sinfonietta)
16 MAR, mn, 19:00 - DODA Z ORKIESTRĄ [CANCELED]koncert zewnętrzny
17 MAR, tu, 19:00 - 12 TENORÓW & DIVA [CANCELED]koncert zewnętrzny
18 MAR, wd, 19:00 - MAŁGORZATA OSTROWSKA- THE BEST OF [CANCELED]koncert zewnętrzny
18MARwd, 19:30
19MARth, 19:00
RUBATOJOY!GURU I Indie I Polska [CANCELED]Traditional concert
19 MAR, th, 20:00 - SZCZECIN JAZZ 2020- GALA LAUREATÓW JAZZ TOP [CANCELED]koncert zewnętrzny
20MARfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSOKozhukhin I Soddy [CANCELED]Symphonic concert
21MARsa, 20:00
SOUNDLABLab 6: Chamber techno parade [CANCELED]electronic music concert
22 MAR, sn, 16:00 - MUZYKA ZESPOŁU QUEEN SYMFONICZNIE [CANCELED]koncert zewnętrzny
22MARsn, 17:00
Filharmonia Szczecin Online | Koncerty rodzinne 2019/2020I żyli długo i w Szczecinie 2 [FILHARMONIA SZCZECIN ONLINE]premiera online
22 MAR, sn, 19:30 - MUZYKA ZESPOŁU QUEEN SYMFONICZNIE [CANCELED]koncert zewnętrzny
26 MAR, th, 18:00 - WOMEN PERFORMANCE BY BOŃKOWSCY EDYCJA 3. [CANCELED]koncert zewnętrzny
27MARfr, 19:00
28MARsa, 19:00
TODAY29 MARsn, 12:00
MISTERIOSO | Filharmonicy kameralnieBEETHOVEN 250 I Philharmonics play chamber [CANCELED]Chamber Concert
TODAY29 MARsn, 19:00
TODAY29 MARsn, 19:00
Filharmonia Szczecin OnlineAchúcarro plays Grieg [Szczecin Philharmonic Online]premiera online
30 MAR, mn, 19:00 - ARTUR ROJEK [CANCELED]koncert zewnętrzny
April 2020
01 APR, wd, 20:00 - RED BOX [PRZENIESIONY]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
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
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