On 27 March 2019 the Embassy hosted a reception for the presentation of
The Decoration was awarded by Ambassador of Poland to Australia, His Excellency Michał Kołodziejski on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Professor Piotr Gliński. The Decoration recognises Ben's efforts in the promotion of Chopin and Polish culture in Australia. After the ceremony a recital was given by a talented Japanese pianist Kotaro Nagano, winner of the second edition of the Australian International Chopin Competition in 2014. The program of the concert included pieces of Fryderyk Chopin as well as works of Stanisław Moniuszko, the father of Polish national opera (2019 marks the bicentenary of Moniuszko’s birth). The recital was enthusiastically received by numerous lovers of Polish classical music in Australia.