The MOST Achievement Award (MAA)

This award acknowledges the contributions of established industry professionals and aims to recognise members of the classical music fraternity who have made a significant contribution to Australian culture. Nominated by a panel of industry peers, the inaugural MAA was awarded to Richard Bonynge AC CBE.

2016: Richard Bonynge AC CBE

The presentation was made by Jeffrey Black at the Finals of the 2016 Australian Singing Competition.

2017: Sharolyn Kimmorley AM

Jeffrey Black, Chair of the ASC Music Advisory Committee, presented the MAA and praised her “exceptional musician’s ear and..unstinting, unrelenting commitment to excellence.”

2018: Erin Helyard

MOST was also delighted to award a MAA to Erin Helyard at the 2018 ASC Finals in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the Arts in Australia as a conductor, performer, and artistic director.

2018: Richard Gill AO

Awarded to Richard Gill AO in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the Arts in Australia as both a conductor and as a music educator.

Richard’s MAA was presented by Mary Vallentine, a member of the Young Performers Awards Music Advisory Committee at the 2018 ABC Young Performers Awards Finals Concert at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 24 July. The MAA was accepted on Richard’s behalf by his son, Anthony Gill.

2019: Moffatt Oxenbould AM

The MAA was presented to Moffatt Oxenbould AM at the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition Finals Concert on 19 September 2019 at The Concourse Concert Hall. The MAA was awarded to Moffatt Oxenbould AM in recognition of his contribution to the development of opera in Australia, which spans a period of more than 50 years.