Winner of Juilliard’s Historical Performance Concerto Competition, Augusta McKay Lodge has been praised as “the real thing, a true virtuoso” and “an exceptional violinist” (Seen and Heard International). In February she made her Lincoln Center solo debut performing Mendelssohn’s D minor Violin Concerto with Juilliard415. Augusta recently won the 2014 Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Concerto Competition and performed with them Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor. She placed as semifinalist in the International Musica Antiqua Competition (Belgium). In July 2016 Augusta will compete in the final round of the International Indianapolis Baroque Concerto Competition.
An avid chamber and orchestral musician, Augusta has performed in venues such as Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), and Severance Hall (Cleveland). She acted as assistant concertmaster with the Nederlands Studenten Orkest, and was principal second violin of the Sweelinck Baroque Orchestra (Amsterdam). She has been concertmaster of Juilliard415 under the leadership of William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, and Nicholas McGegan. Album recordings include Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble on A place toward other places. This coming summer Augusta has been invited to perform in the festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie with Les Arts Florissants. She will also be performing with Oregon Bach Festival in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and will attend the American Bach Soloists Academy.
Augusta is a native of Oberlin, Ohio. At the age of 23, she has earned a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School. Augusta currently studies at the Juilliard School in historical performance under the tutelage of Cynthia Roberts, Monica Huggett, and Robert Mealy. She is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. Augusta began her studies at the age of three and continued at the Moscow Central Special Music School. She received honors (Pi Kappa Lambda) from Oberlin Conservatory at the age of 19 and spent an exchange semester at Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2011. Previous teachers include Alexander Kerr, Stanley Ritchie, Marilyn McDonald, Milan Vitek, Johannes Leertouwer, Sophie Gent, and Almita Vamos. Augusta plays on a Jason Viseltear baroque violin from 2014.