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. The recipient for 2017-18 was the gifted 16-year-old cellist Kina Pak.

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.

Applications must include:

  • Application Form
  • Two personal/musical letters of recommendation
  • A written statement from the applicant demonstrating a personal interest in performing music related to or inspired by the Holocaust
  • An audio sample of 10 minutes or less (repertoire does not need to be Holocaust-related)

Deadline: No applications are currently being accepted.

Send applications to: info@musicofremembrance.org

Or mail to:

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

Previous DTMA recipients:

2018: Kina Pak, cello

2016: Evan Johanson, violin

2013: Takumi Taguchi, violin (listen to Takumi on an NPR podcast From the Top. Takumi's segment starts at 10:45)

2012: Benjamin Shmidt, cello

2008: Marié Rossano, violin

2006: Jocelyn Chang, violin

2005: Julian Schwarz, cello

 David Tonkonogui
David Tonkonogui