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Magical Winter Concert 2023 – The extraordinary power of music to transmit emotions

Music has the unique ability to shape, connect and inspire communities. With this conviction, I accepted the opportunity to support, as the main partner, the 13th edition of the “Magic Winter” concert, a musical celebration that has become a landmark of Bucharest’s cultural life.

Held at the Romanian Athenaeum, the concert was supported by the Royal Chamber Orchestra, conducted by the distinguished conductor Cristian Mandeal. The stage was endowed with a repertoire to match, including compositions by musicians such as Gioachino Rossini, Johann Strauss, Georges Bizet, Antonín Dvořák and other illustrious musicians.

The concert was a truly spectacular one, a true display of virtuosity, passion, and a clear proof of the extraordinary ability of the Royal Chamber Orchestra to transform musical notes into emotions – joy, melancholy, pure happiness. The harmony created by the musicians was not only heard, but felt, as further evidence of the transformative power of music.

Thank you to the Royal Chamber Orchestra and distinguished conductor Cristian Mandeal for a musical journey that exceeded all expectations, leaving an indelible mark in the hearts of those lucky enough to attend the concert! This event reinforced our conviction that music is a timeless language that has the ability to unite, inspire and shape communities.

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Niro Investment Group and Bucharest Opera Festival: a partnership dedicated to promoting culture and arts

Niro Investment Group continues its series of partnerships with Romania’s most prestigious cultural events. This time, Niro is proud to be the official partner of the second edition of the Bucharest Opera Festival, an exceptional event taking place from June 16th to June 24th, 2023, on the stage of the Bucharest National Opera.

The Bucharest Opera Festival aims to showcase 9 opera, operetta, ballet, and musical shows, scheduled over 9 consecutive evenings, providing the audience with the opportunity to enjoy extraordinary performances by top orchestras, mixed choirs, ballet companies, renowned soloists, and conductors. Seven opera and musical theaters from Romania, Hungary, and Serbia, along with approximately 1,500 musicians, dancers, and artistic and technical staff, will collaborate to create a unique artistic celebration.

From classical works by Mozart, Puccini, and Bizet to Cole Porter’s musicals, Bucharest Opera Festival 2023 offers a fascinating journey through over two centuries of music history. The festival aims to contribute to positioning Bucharest among the leading cities that organize international music festivals.

Through its partnership with Bucharest Opera Festival, Niro Investment Group continues its efforts to support high-quality cultural projects and events that bring joy and emotion to a wide audience, while also contributing to the promotion of Romanian culture nationally and internationally.

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NIRO Investment Group supports the Foundation “Magazin Istoric”

The National Bank of Romania and the “Magazin istoric” Cultural Foundation organized on June 7-8, 2022, the XXXth edition of the annual Symposium on Banking History and Civilization “Cristian Popișteanu”. This year’s event had as its theme “Borders, institutions and gold in times of war” and brought to the public’s attention new information about the role of the NBR in the years of World War II, highlighting historical moments such as the transit through Romania of the stock of Bank of Poland gold or the evacuation operation of BNR headquarters in Bessarabia.

At the same time, the event marked the thirtieth anniversary of the first edition of the symposium, a period in which it contributed to the rediscovery of the Romanian banking tradition communist, as well as the financial education of the general public. The debates were moderated by Cristian Păunescu, adviser to the NBR governor. The event was broadcast live on our YouTube and Twitter accounts.

On the last day of the event, the representative of NIRO Investment Group, Ms. Ecaterina Vanea, presented the awards offered by the Cultural Foundation “Magazin Istoric” and supported by NIRO Investment Group, for the most important contributions of historical research in 2021.

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NIRO Investment Group and Damian Drăghici have joined forces in “Romania of 10” project – an emotional incursion into the space of Romanian culture and traditions.

NIRO Investment Group supports cultural projects and important publishing projects for the history of Romania. We are honored to be part of the “Romania of 10” project of the beloved Damian Drăghici, a perfect musician, who can combine various and numerous musical styles in a sophisticated audio ensemble.

Within the “Romania of 10” project, ten videos were filmed in which the master Damian Drăghici and his special guests – well-known artists from Romania – reinterpret the traditional Romanian music and art, having as background picturesque landscapes from various regions of the country. His guests include soloist Irina Rimes, actors Bebe Cotimanis and Gruia Sandu.

We are honored to collaborate with Master Damian Draghici and we are glad that we were able to contribute to the creation of this exciting project, especially in this special year, when the pandemic forced us to isolate and many cultural initiatives were canceled or revised drastically. We hope that unique soundtracks of Master Draghici and the talent of his guests will help us to discover in a pleasant and original way the beauties of Romania and to reconnect to the authentic traditions and values of this nation “, said Zsolt Nagy, CEO of NIRO Investment Group.

Damian Drăghici and Irina Rimes created a story based on the lyrics of Vasile Alecsandri. “Iancu’s Ballad” and “Doina” that were adorned with the beautiful sounds of the panpipe, the guitar chords and the intensity of the drums. The artist’s performance was made against the background of beautiful landscapes in Romania, such as Racoş Volcano, Viscri village and Mercheaşa village, to the oldest oak in Romania.

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Niro is a partner of the Nocturnes of Contemporary Poetry project organized by the non-profit association ARCEN and held in Bucharest, between July 31 and September 5.

The festival offers to those passionate about urban culture a unique series of events dedicated to contemporary poetry, which takes place during the summer on the most central roof in Bucharest – the terrace of the Magheru One block.

These cultural initiatives are extremely important for the city – through culture and art we keep our spirit alive, we benefit from what it means to have quality recreation, we get closer to our loved ones by sharing common passions and we take the pulse of the city that goes on. Our company is supporting artists and associations that are currently reinventing themselves and making a huge effort to provide a constructive context in which the creative spirit can manifest itself, ”said Zsolt Nagy, CEO of Niro.

Under the slogan – We cannot be healthy, if we are not happy, the series of events offers a unique experience for the city: outdoors reading, night, experimental scenery, and selection of songs by DJs who climb with poets and audiences above the city means living in a special state of mind that supports creativity.

The sixth edition of the event started on Friday, July 31, 2020, starting with 19.00, on the terrace of the Magheru One block in Bucharest.

This year’s edition brings to the public the largest selection of established writers and poets, premiere readings from unpublished volumes and dialogues between poets moderated by Răzvan Ţupa. The nineteen writers who will be present at this year’s Nocturnes are: Florin Iaru, Radu Niţescu, Mina Decu, Răzvan Andrei, Gelu Diaconu, Miruna Vlada, Mitoş Micleuşanu, Claudiu Komartin, Teona Galgoţiu, Ionel Ciupureanu, Răzvan Dupuna, Te , Simona Popescu, Mihok Tamas, Andrei Dosa, Ştefan Manasia, Sorin Gherguţ, Adela Greceanu and Anastasia Gavrilovici.

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Niro Investment Group is for the second consecutive year the main partner of the “Magic Summer” Festival, one of the most important international cultural events that takes place annually at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.

The traditional “Magic Summer” Festival organized by Lanto Communication brings extraordinary concerts of classical music and renowned artists every year in the spotlight of the capital’s cultural events. For its ninth edition, the festival takes place in 2020 for the first time outdoors and invites lovers of classical music in Bucharest to enjoy a series of 14 chamber and symphonic concerts that will take place between July 15 and August 27, in the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 pm, in the Court of the Romanian Athenaeum, under the title “Beethoven Year in Bucharest”. Present at the launch event Mr. Zsolt Nagy, General Manager of Niro Investment Group, said: “We are honored to be the main partner of this cultural event which is already a significant milestone for classical music in Europe. Our company is constantly involved in supporting cultural projects and we are happy to be the main partner of the 2020 edition which is taking place in a challenging period. Beyond the immediate medical impact, the coronavirus pandemic has suspended cultural life as we knew it by closing theaters, cinemas, museums and art galleries, and we all dream of a gradual return and the relauch of initiatives that provide access to art and culture. We are happy to support those that are successfully reinventing themselves in this atypical period and succeed in carrying out extraordinary cultural projects.

Seven orchestral ensembles will perform on the stage in front of the Athenaeum: “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor and soloist David Lefevre, Royal Chamber, conductor Constantin Adrian Grigore, soloist Rebekka Hartmann – violin, Romanian Youth Orchestra conducted by Cristian Mandeal, soloist Ştefan Cazacu – cello, Romanian National Symphony Orchestra, soloist Wave Quartet soloist, conductor Cristian Mandeal, Romanian Chamber Orchestra, conductor Cristian Măcelaru, Romanian Sinfonietta Orchestra, conductor and soloist Alexander Sitkovetsky – violin and Kamerata Kronstadt, under the stick of Cristian Oroşanu. 

The program also includes seven extraordinary chamber recitals given by the Violoncellissimo Chamber Ensemble, founded by Marin Cazacu, the Raro Ensemble founded by Răzvan Popovici, the famous mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose, accompanied by pianist Sergiu Tuhuţiu, ARCADIA Quartet, violinist Alexand and violinist Alexand. Josu de Solaun, Wave Quartet and Trio Georgeta Iordache – violin, Andrei Ioniţă – cello, Daria Tudor – piano.

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The traditional “Magic Winter” concert took place this year on December 21, being organized by Lanto Communication in collaboration with the “Romanian Youth” National Art Center, at the Romanian Athenaeum. The Romanian Youth Orchestra was conducted by Cristian Mandeal, and the Prelude Choir prepared by Voicu Enăchescu also performed in concert. The event was broadcast live on Radio Romania Muzical and TVR 3.

The program of the evening included: Gioacchino Rossini – Overture to Wilhelm Tell, Aram Haciaturian – Adagio from the Spartacus Ballet, Felix Mendelssohn – Bridal March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, P.I. Tchaikovsky – Pax des deux from the ballet The Nutcracker, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – The Spanish Whim, J. S. Bach – Choral from Cantata BWV 147 “Jesu bleibet meine Freunde”, G.F. Handel – Hallelujah from the Messiah Oratorio, Edward Elgar – Nimrod from Enigma Variations, R. Wagner – Prelude to Act 3 from Lohengrin, Giuseppe Verdi – Va pensiero Choir from Nabucco, Giuseppe Verdi – Anvil Choir from Troubadour, Sabin Păutza – Romanian Medley. 

On the occasion of the concert, Casa Radio Publishing House released the albums “Magic Winter” and “Magic Summer”. The albums, published in the Radio Romania Musical collection, include a selection of recordings made by cellist Valentin Răduţiu, the Romanian Youth Orchestra, the Romanian National Symphony Orchestra and conductors Cristian Mandeal and Cristian Măcelaru and represent an audio version of the two famous series of musical events. organized under this generic over the years by Lanto Communication and the National Art Center “Romanian Youth”, respectively the coordinators of the two cultural bodies, Mr. Dorin Ioniţă and Marin Cazacu.

Regarding the “Magic Winter” concert and the collaboration with Radio Romania, Mr. Dorin Ioniţă, General Manager of Lanto Communication, stated in a recent interview with Radio Romania Music: The day has come when I received a wonderful surprise, a proposal from Casa Radio Publishing House and Radio Romania Musical for the editing of the two discs – Magic Summer and Magic Winter. It was a very pleasant surprise for me. It is an honor to collaborate with the Radio label and with – I can say after more than ten years – Radio Romania Musical. […] It is a collaboration that has always been fruitful and always respectful between Lanto Communication and Radio, for which I thank Casa Radio and those wonderful people there.

Cu ocazia concertului, Editura Casa Radio a lansat albumele „Iarna Magică” și „Vară Magică”. Albumele, apărute în colecţia Radio România Muzical, cuprind o selecție de înregistrări realizate de violoncelistul Valentin Răduțiu, Orchestra Română de Tineret, Orchestra Națională Simfonică a României și dirijorii Cristian Mandeal și Cristian Măcelaru şi reprezintă o imagine sonoră a celor două reputate serii de evenimente muzicale organizate sub acest generic de-a lungul anilor de către Lanto Communication şi Centrul Național de Artă „Tinerimea Română”, respectiv coordonatorii celor două organisme culturale, domnii Dorin Ioniță și Marin Cazacu.

Despre concertul „Iarna Magică“ și despre colaborarea cu Radio România, domnul Dorin Ioniță, director general al Lanto Communication, declara, într-un interviu acordat recent postului Radio România Muzical: A venit o zi în care am primit o surpriză superbă, o propunere din partea Editurii Casa Radio și Radio România Muzical pentru editarea celor două discuri – Vară Magică și Iarna Magică. Pentru mine a fost o surpriză extrem de plăcută. Este o onoare să colaborez și cu casa de discuri Radio și cu – pot să spun după mai bine de zece ani – Radio România Muzical. […] Este o colaborare care s-a dovedit întotdeauna rodnică și întotdeauna plină de respect între Lanto Communication și Radio, fapt pentru care mulțumesc Casei Radio și acelor oameni minunați de acolo.

Ca partener principal, Niro Investment Group a fost reprezentat la acest eveniment de dl Zsolt Nagy, CEO.

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The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Romania together with Niro Investment Group and the Romanian-Chinese House organized, between January 31 and February 2, for the tenth consecutive year, the series of cultural events “Spring Festival”, on the occasion of the Chinese New Year. During this edition, the artistic ensemble of the Beijing Dance Academy held performances of traditional Chinese dance in Bucharest and Ploiesti.

The events reflect the good relations that the two states have been developing for seven decades and which are based on a successful economic collaboration. Niro Investment Group has been supporting this collaboration for 25 years through investments and partnerships with Chinese companies, contributing to the development of large-scale projects in several fields. For example, more than 2,000 Chinese companies operate in the Dragonul Rosu Shopping Zone, the largest shopping center in Central and South-Eastern Europe.

The first show in the series of events “Spring Festival” took place in Ploiesti, at the Trade Union Hall, on Thursday, January 31, 2019, where the Beijing Dance Academy was preceded by the Doina Prahova Ensemble and the Chindia Folk Ensemble.

On Friday, February 1, 2019, those interested were able to watch the Chinese artists in a short performance inside the Dragonul Rosu Shopping Complex.

The series of events dedicated to entering the Chinese New Year ended on Saturday, February 2, 2019, with a show-event that took place at the Romanian Athenaeum. The guests enjoyed a variety of artistic styles, from traditional Chinese dance to pop-opera and authentic Romanian folklore, experiencing at the artistic level the Chinese-Romanian symbiosis. “The year 2019 has a special significance, because it marks 70 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations between Romania and China. It is remarkable how the two countries have managed to provide a solid model of interstate cooperation, based on friendship and mutual support. We are confident that these bilateral relations will continue to expand into even wider areas, with the help of our Romanian partners. Therefore, on this anniversary, I would like to thank our Niro Investment Group partners for their involvement and support over the years, “said Tu Jiang, Acting Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Romania. 

Niro Investment Group is a traditional partner of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Bucharest in organizing events marking the Chinese New Year and beyond. We look forward to supporting the Chinese community and strengthening this mutually beneficial cooperation. We hope that our partnership will grow and we are looking forward to starting new projects of common interest with the Chinese community in Romania, “said Nicolae Dumitru, president of Niro Investment Group. 

We are happy to reveal Romanians the Chinese traditions and customs, and promote the values ​​of one of the oldest cultures in the world, with a history as rich as China. The Romanian-Chinese House aims to be a bridge between the two countries, to contribute to the development of relations between Chinese and Romanian businessmen, to promote cultural exchanges and to come up with valuable initiatives for the community “, said Ecaterina Vanea, general manager of the Romanian-Chinese House.

In the opening of the event at the Athenaeum, Distinto, the first pop-opera project in Romania, was the first performer and was followed by the Chisinau Fiddler Orchestra conducted by maestro Nicolae Botgros, together with the singer Veta Biriş. The Chinese New Year show was performed by artists at the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy, established in 1954 and acquired the status of a higher education institution in 1978. The academy has a university teaching staff of nearly 600 people and over 3500 students. 

The show offered in Romania this year by Chinese artists is based on Guo Feng, one of the four main sections of Shi Jing (Book of Poetry), the first anthology of songs, poems and hymns in Chinese literature. The choreographers of the Beijing Dance Academy created a whole dramatic performance based on folk and love songs from Guo Feng. The dance combines poetic elements with modern ideas, offering a way of natural communication through body expressions. Artists do not copy ancient popular movements, but present a reinterpretation of them.