David Tonkonogui Memorial Award

​​​​​David Tonkonogui

David Tonkonogui
​​​​​​​(6/4/58 - 10/29/03)

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 before December 31, 2023 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:

A completed application (download PDF file here)
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

Click here to watch a video with previous recipients talking about the award.

Previous DTMA recipients:

Leyna Kitahama

2021: Leyna Kitahama, cello

Tokuji Miyasaka

2021: Tokuji Miyasaka, violin

Julin Cheung

2020: Julin Cheung, flute

Sophie Denhard

2019: Sophie Denhard, double bass


2019: Zoe Lonsinger, violin

Kina Pak

2018: Kina Pak, cello

Evan Johanson

2016: Evan Johanson, violin

Takumi Taguchi.JPG

2013: Takumi Taguchi, violin

Benjamin Shmidt

2012: Benjamin Shmidt, cello

Marié Rossano

2008: Marié Rossano, violin

Jocelyn Chang

2006: Jocelyn Chang, violin

Julian Schwarz

2005: Julian Schwarz, cello