Dame Malvina Major Award

This prestigious annual award, worth $50,000, is funded by Joan Egan to acknowledge Dame Malvina’s legacy.

Recipients are selected by Dame Malvina and trustees for their track record, talent, determination and potential. The funding is to support career development, including further study or training, and travel and expenses for local and international engagements.

Dame Malvina Major Award 2023 recipient

Moses Mackay, baritone

Moses Mackay is a formidable baritone, musician and composer. A Master’s graduate of the Welsh International Academy of Voice, Moses has appeared on stages all over the world. In February 2022, he was invited to perform at the World Trade Expo in Dubai, where he received multiple standing ovations for his operatic performances and classical inspired compositions. He then flew to Los Angeles where he composed, produced and recorded his first solo album Grace, which debuted at #1 on the NZ charts. The album Grace is a dedication to his late grandmother.

Moses is a member of the operatic trio SOL3 MIO, who have been loved by New Zealand and the world for a decade. A diverse performer, Moses’ performance CV includes Michael Tippet’s A child of our time, GabrielFaure’s Requiem, Hector Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ, Escamillo in Carmen, Silvio in I Pagliacci and Marcello in La Bohème to name a few.

“I believe it is our duty as a foundation to find and support young people who have a defined and determined idea of where they want to go to reach the pinnacle, and the talent to support their will to do so.”

Award winners

  • Tenor Oliver Sewell, 2022
  • Soprano Natasha Wilson, 2021
  • Tenor Amitai Pati, 2020


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