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The Royal Charitable Concert on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum in support of Romanian young talents: 800 people and famous cultural personalities attended the event

  • 160,000 euros were raised from sponsorships and sold tickets for the National Young Talents scholarships
  • A new national selection of 2023 scholarship recipients will be announced next month

More than 160,000 euros were raised to support young artists with limited financial possibilities during the 13th Royal Charity Concert, which took place on October 25th at the Romanian Athenaeum, in the presence of the Royal Family of Romania. Through the generosity of sponsors, donors and people who purchased tickets, a new generation of talented young artists will be pursuing their talents through scholarships, mentoring programs and promotion.


Lovers of classical music and art, diplomatic representatives, Romanian business leaders, media representatives, sponsors, and donors of the Foundation, as well as the general public eager to support the Romanian culture, gathered at the Romanian Athenaeum to watch the extraordinary recital performed by the new generation of musicians. Remarkable personalities attended the event, such as Nelly Miricioiu and Valentina Naforniță – important names of the world opera scene, Irina Margareta Nistor, Zoli Toth, Paula Seling, Andreea Raicu, Malvina Cervenschi, Dana Deac and other supporters of arts and culture.

Cellist Andrei Ioniță, soprano Diana Alexe and tenor George Vîrban shone on the stage of the Athenaeum and offered a royal musical concert that was strongly applauded by the audience, demonstrating through their virtuosity what exceptional results early support of young talents can bring. Performing today on important stages around the world, from Carnegie Hall, New York, London, Shanghai, Munich to Vienna, the three artists have supported – through their generous act – the efforts of the The Margareta of Romania Royal Foundation to give other young people at the beginning of their career the chance to follow their dream. Without this support, aspiring artists are unable to receive specialized training or have access to a range of opportunities to showcase their talent. Under the baton of conductor David Crescenzi, the New Hope Orchestra and three soloists offered the audience a selection of the most beautiful opera and operetta songs, famous arias, and duets from composers such Charles Gounod, Giuseppe Verdi, Gaetano Donizetti, Franz Lehar and Pablo Sorozabal, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.

The artistic moment in the auditorium was followed, in the foyer of the Romanian Athenaeum, by an appreciated visual art exhibition, which included works created by current scholarship holders of the Foundation, under the theme “Concerns and passions of members of the Royal Family over time“. The one-of-a-kind dresses worn by soprano Diana Alexe on the stage of the Athenaeum were created by two of the current Young Talents scholarship holders.

Before the start of the concert, the foyer of the Romanian Athenaeum turned into a real TV set, where the guests – cellist Andrei Ioniță, conductor David Crescenzi, maestro Marin Cazacu – cellist and teacher, General Director of the Romanian Athenaeum, manager of the National Art Centre “Tinerimea Română”, leader of the Violoncelissimo Ensemble and mentor of Young Talents, Zoli Toth – artist, mentor of Young Talents, Paula Seling – artist, supporter of Young Talents, Mugurel Mărgărit – Executive Director of the Royal Margaret of Romania Foundation, Gabriela Iordache – coordinator of the Young Talents program, as well as TV producers Liana Stanciu and Valentina Băințan introduced the audience at home to the festive atmosphere of the Royal Concert, by discussing the importance of supporting Romanian art and culture.

Funds raised from sponsorships and donations at the Royal Concert will support a new generation of musicians and visual artists aged 14 to 24 from low-income families through the national Young Talents 2023 program, with the national selection to be announced in November.


13 years of “Young Talents” program and over €1.8 million invested in the education of young artists

Over the years, the Royal Charitable Concert has been able to generate over €1.800,000 in donations and sponsorships. The funds have been used to support the development of the country’s artistic future. A total of 380 scholarships have been awarded to talented young people at the beginning of their careers, who come from low-income families, and with the support of mentors and sustained promotion, they have achieved extraordinary performances at national and international levels. The Young Talents Program is recognized as the Best Art and Culture Program in Romania, 4 times awarded at the Civil Society Gala, including in 2022.

Every year since 2008, the Royal Charitable Concert has traditionally taken place on October the 25th, on the birthday of King Michael I of Romania, founder of the Foundation together with her Majesty Margareta, the Custodian of the Crown of Romania. Every edition of the concert brought to the scene of the Romanian Athenaeum the most valuable musicians of the moment along with big orchestras, in support of young talented Romanian artists.


About the Margareta of Romania Royal Foundation


The Margareta of Romania Royal Foundation was founded in 1990 by King Michael I of Romania and Her Majesty Margareta, the Custodian of the Crown of Romania. With more than 30 years of activity, the Margareta of Romania Royal Foundation supports children, young people, and the elderly through sustainable interventions, based on sharing experiences and values between generations. Over time, the Foundation has been involved in numerous social and cultural projects to support education and young talents. More details about the Foundation’s programs are available at www.frmr.ro



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