The Krakow Philharmonic

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The Philharmonic in Krakow was the first one in Poland, founded after World War II. Before that time the Symphonic Orchestra of professional ensemble status was active from 1909 until September 1939 (suspended during the World War I). The independent section named the Krakow Philharmonic was created in 1937.

The building known today as the Philharmonic Hall was originally the Catholic House, built on the initiative of Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha. It was here that Karol Wojtyla read his poems during a literary evening. The symphony orchestra gave its first concert here on the 3rd February 1945.
The Philharmonic was named after the renowned Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski.

The Krakow Philharmonic’s repertoire consists of masterpieces ranging from Monteverdi to the contemporary avant-garde. The Philharmonic organizes weekly symphonic concerts as well as events in Krakow’s many historical edifices, organ recitals and oratorios (mainly in churches) and concerts designed to expose young people and children to the magic of classical music.
The Krakow Philharmonic is a lot more active than any other Polish philharmonic. It is confirmed by the number of appearances its musicians make abroad. The Philharmonic ensembles were concerting in more than 30 countries-almost in all European countries as well as in Iran, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Lebanon, Turkey and the USA.