On December 4, 2023, H.E. Mr. Adam Burakowski of Poland graciously hosted various members of the Diplomatic Corps and distinguished guests at his residence.

The gathering aimed to usher in the festive Christmas spirit through a concert performed by the Charl du Plessis Trio. The ensemble presented an eclectic mix of musical pieces, including Chopin’s compositions, traditional carols, and popular songs.

Formed in 2006, the trio—comprising pianist Charl du Plessis, bassist Werner Spies, and drummer Peter Auret—embodies a fusion of crossover and jazz music, fueled by an undeniable musical chemistry and profound understanding of each other’s talents.

Charl du Plessis has achieved remarkable milestones in his career. Notably, he made history as the first pianist to perform on a grand piano atop Table Mountain in Cape Town in 2017. His acclaim soared when he became the youngest African pianist named a Steinway Artist in 2010, gracing the opening of Steinway Hall in Beijing.

The trio was conceived to showcase the limitless possibilities of musical crossover, providing audiences with concerts transcending specific styles or genres.

Charl has collaborated with esteemed orchestras, including the Johannesburg Philharmonic and the Cape Town Philharmonic. His 22-year journey as a collaborative pianist with South African icon Nataniel remains a hallmark. Charl holds the distinction of being the first student to complete a doctoral performance degree simultaneously specializing in classical and jazz piano—an accomplishment that speaks volumes. Guests reveled in the juxtaposition of classical and jazz renditions of renowned songs by artists such as ABBA, Grieg, and Bach.

It was a joyous and festive evening for all in attendance, reveling in the delightful melodies of the “BaroqueSwing” Trio complemented by Polish cuisine.

by Marion Kate