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). She made her Lincoln Center solo debut performing Mendelssohn’s D minor Violin Concerto with Juilliard415. Lodge took first prize in the 2014 Indianapolis International Baroque Orchestra concerto competition and has been a semifinalist or finalist in a number of other recent competitions.
An avid chamber and orchestral musician, Lodge has performed at the Kennedy Center, Severance Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has served as assistant concertmaster with the Nederlands Studenten Orkest, principal second violin of the Sweelinck Baroque Orchestra, Amsterdam, and concertmaster of Juilliard415 under the leadership of William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, and Nicholas McGegan. Lodge is a graduate of the Historical Performance Department at the Juilliard School and a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. She is co-artistic director and founding member of the newly formed watermark: a period ensemble and joined Les Art Florissants for their 2018 season.
Lodge is a native of Oberlin, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School. She began her studies at the age of three and continued at the Moscow Central Special Music School. Previous teachers include Alexander Kerr, Stanley Ritchie, Marilyn McDonald, Milan Vitek, Johannes Leertouwer, Sophie Gent, and Almita Vamos. Lodge plays a Jason Viseltear baroque violin from 2014.