David Tonkonogui Memorial Award

In 2005, Music of Remembrance established the David Tonkonogui Memorial Award (DTMA) in memory of our beloved friend and inspiring colleague, cellist David Tonkonogui. Through this youth musician's award, we recognize the musical and spiritual values which David Tonkonogui expressed through his music and his life.

We welcome the nomination of Seattle-area youth musicians who can demonstrate an interest in performing music related to or inspired by the Holocaust. The honor includes a cash award of $500 to support continuing musical studies, and an invitation to perform at a Music of Remembrance concert.

Who Is Eligible? All Seattle-area musicians under the age of 18 with an interest and commitment to performing music related to the Holocaust are eligible for the award. (See MOR’s repertoire for examples of works.)

Applications must include:

  • Two personal/musical letters of recommendation
  • A written statement from the applicant discussing the personal relevance of Holocaust-related music
  • An audio sample of 10 minutes or less

Send applications to: info@musicofremembrance.org

Or mail to:

Music of Remembrance
David Tonkonogui Memorial Award
PO Box 27500
Seattle, WA 98165-2500

Application deadline: Applications for 2016 are now closed.

2016 DTMA Winner: Evan Johanson, violin
Evan will be a senior at Roosevelt High School in 2016-17. His violin teachers include Walter Schwede, Margaret Pressley, Jan Mark Sloman and currently Simon James. 

Previous Winners:

2013-14: Takumi Taguchi, violin

2012-13: Benjamin Shmidt, cello
2007-08: Marié Rossano, violin
2005-06: Jocelyn Chang, violin
2004-05: Julian Schwarz, cello