In the past few years, she’s won a slew of awards at top competitions around the world, and has formed the period chamber ensemble Voyage Sonique with colleagues who played together in Juilliard415, the school’s historical performance ensemble. She also released her debut solo album this spring, “Beyond Bach and Vivaldi,” showing a deftness and talent that should prove exciting.
“McKay Lodge plays a modern replica by Jason Viseltear of a Baroque violin with a sweet tone and bright coloration, and the performances are lively and witty, with a rhythmic verve that elevates the pieces above mere exercises. While most of the selections are short and based on dance forms popular in the period, which Bach also used, perhaps Biber’s Passacaglia in G minor from the Rosary Sonatas anticipates Bach at his most profound in the famous Chaconne from the Partita in D minor. A delightful exploration of overlooked repertoire, this CD offers intimate sound and crisp details which Baroque enthusiasts will relish.”
“[With a] wide-ranging emotional expression… she offers some imaginative accounts, demonstrating much technical assurance, a varied expressive palette and due appreciation of national idioms…All played with substantial accuracy and musical perception, and commendable style.”
“The performance by Augusta Lodge is both resonant and powerful. She has a firm grasp of the style and yet manages to endow each performance with a distinctive personality. She is spot on technically, and I am impressed by the clear sound she can achieve in all registers on her instrument.” — Bertil van Boer
“Lodge is thoroughly schooled in Baroque style, has technique to spare, and is always willing to go beyond the printed page to bring the pieces imaginatively to life through timing, ornamentation, variety of attack, and more. Lodge plays them all with sure technical command and the album comes recommended to those with an interest in violin history.” — Michael De Sapio
“I was awestruck by how Lodge navigates Locatelli’s minefield of technical deathtraps as if she’s tripping through a garden of roses and singing as she goes. Never once is there the slightest coarseness to her tone or feeling of strain…She has studied with the best—among them, Monica Huggett—and played with the best—among them, Nicholas McGegan, William Christie, Ton Koopman, Les Arts Florissants, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, and Apollo’s Fire. But not even all of that can account for Lodge’s innate talent and extraordinary musicianship, which won her the Juilliard Historical Performance Concerto Competition for 2015.” — Jerry Dubins
“Dazzling as this criminally neglected repertoire may be (the Matteis Alia fantasia that opens the album is a must-listen), the true gem here is the bold, yet nuanced technique of Augusta McKay Lodge. Hers is a name to watch.”
“but it’s artists like Lodge who make the music sing and dance and sometimes really engage on a deeper interpretive level–where we listen more closely and hear the mysterious transformation of a single line into multiple parts, fleshed out harmonies, and sophisticated developmental features, articulate, assertive, seductive, lovely, elegant.”
Working with a Legend, the Path from Juilliard to Les Arts FLorissants, written by Augusta McKay Lodge
De Juilliard à Thiré : les jeunes talents chez William Christie (Interview with Cinzia Rota)
"Three players were worked especially hard and rose to the challenges beautifully: Augusta McKay Lodge, the concertmaster and main violin soloist..."
"...Augusta McKay Lodge, stands out as the real thing, a true virtuoso"
"The last movement, done at a record-setting pace, never sounded strained or forced...the splendid Augusta McKay Lodge has to be singled out as an exceptional violinist."
"...the second violin part was performed with warmth and tension by 22-year-old Augusta McKay Lodge."
"...her performance was outstanding: animated, well-ornamented, radiantly in tune. Her evenness of phrasing, with no drooping at the ends, was particularly commendable in the Andante." -Jay, Harvey. 'Two Worlds Of J.S. Bach Are Sketched In Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Concert'., Apr21 2015. .