Winner of Juilliard's Historical Performance Concerto Competition, Augusta Jane McKay Lodge has been praised as "the real thing, a true virtuoso", and, "an exceptional violinist" (Seen and Heard International). She recently also won the 2014 Indy Baroque Concerto Competition and placed as semifinalist in the Musica Antiqua International Competition (Belgium).
Augusta has been named a finalist in the International Indianapolis Baroque Concerto Competition, and semifinalist in the Concours Corneille International (de Normandie).
Originally inspired to pursue the baroque violin as a teenager while working with Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, she has since quickly become an accomplished and known soloist and chamber musician in the historical performance world.
Augusta has performed in venues such as Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and Severance Hall. Recent performances include a solo appearance of Bach’s A minor Violin Concerto with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.
An avid orchestral and chamber musician, Augusta is named a 2016 English Concert American Fellow, and performs regularly as an apprentice with Apollo's Fire (The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra). Augusta has toured as assistant concertmaster with the Nederlands Studenten Orkest throughout Europe, and was principal second violin of the Sweelinck Baroque Orchestra (Amsterdam). She has performed as concertmaster of Juilliard415, under the leadership of William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Nicholas McGegan, and Ton Koopman. Album recordings include Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble on A place toward other places.
In August 2016 Augusta was invited to perform in the festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie with Les Ars Florissants. She also performed in Bach's b minor Mass with Oregon Bach Festival, and presented concerts on Bald Head Island, NC with her ensemble watermark: a period ensemble.
As a baroque violinist, Augusta has collaborated with or performed in masterclass for such artists as Marc Destrube, Richard Egarr, Robert Levin, Judy Tarling, Pablo Heras-Casado, Olivier Brault, Jed Wentz, Harry Bicket, Jaap ter Linden, Albert-Jan Roelofs, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Webb Wiggins, and David Breitman, to name just a few.
Augusta plays on and owns a 2014 Jason Viseltear baroque violin, and Basil de Visser long bow.
Augusta is a native of Oberlin, Ohio, born in 1992. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in violin performance (minor in historical performance), where she studied with Milan Vitek and Marilyn McDonald. Upon graduation at the early age of 19 she was inducted into the honorary Pi Kappa Lambda Society. She spent an exchange semester in 2011 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with Johannes Leertouwer and Sophie Gent.
Most recently, Augusta was awarded a Masters of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying under Alexander Kerr and Stanley Ritchie.
Augusta currently studies in the historical performance department at The Juilliard School as a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship, where she studies with Cynthia Roberts, Monica Huggett, and Robert Mealy.
AN EARLY START:
Augusta began her studies of the violin at age 3. When she was 12 she continued in Russia with Zoya Mahktina of the Moscow Central Special Music School. At age 14, Augusta was invited into the Young Artists Program of the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied under Professor Gregory Fulkerson and Jennifer Ross (principal 2nd violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), while continuing studies privately with Professors Almita and Roland Vamos at the Northwestern University, Chicago. She matriculated into the Oberlin Conservatory of Music for her Bachelor of Music in 2008 at age sixteen.
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