SZCZECIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Polish Musicians’ Association Symphony Orchestra was founded in autumn 1948 in Szczecin. Five years later it had developed into the State Philharmonic, which was named after their patron Mieczysław Karłowicz in 1958.
Artistic directors of the ensemble have included Józef Wiłkomirski, Stefan Marczyk, Jarosław Lipke, Józef Radwan, Jerzy Salwarowski, Zygmunt Rychert and Mykola Diadiura.
Over time the orchestra has performed with outstanding soloists, and enhanced its growing repertoire with works by popular composers associated with Szczecin written for the ensemble, and has given concerts outside of its headquarters in Poland and abroad.
In 2012, Dorota Serwa became the director, and has been supported in artistic activities by conductors Michał Dworzyński and Ewa Strusińska. The orchestra is currently conducted by Rune Bergmann, who has held the position since the 2016–17 season. In the 2014–15 season, the Philharmonic took up residence in a revolutionary new building in Małopolska. Alongside its diverse repertoire, a special place is occupied by the music of the patron of the Philharmonic, Mieczysław Karłowicz.
For more information, visit www.filharmonia.szczecin.pl.
Photo: A. Niemiec