Hailing from Bogotá, Colombia, Sofía Potdevin Afanador joined the team of the Tanguero Workshop in the Summer of 2015 as a production assistant. In addition to her activities as a music producer, Sofia is a classically trained clarinetist.
She began playing in her home country at the age of nine and soon was studying with Christopher Jepperson. Throughout the years, she had the opportunity to take classes with such musicians as David Shifrin, James Campbell, Eli Eban (US), Dietrich Klaus (Germany), Ovanir Buosi (Brazil), among others and has appeared as a soloist around Colombia and the US.
As principal clarinetist, Sofía performed in the Symphony Orchestra and Band of the Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas, Colombia´s Youth Orchestra, Orchestra for Peace as well as several ensembles of the Eastern U.S. Music Camp in the summer of 2010. In the same year she participated at Claribogotá and Cartagena Festivals.
Sofia was a prizewinner at the Second National Clarinet Competition “Gabriel Uribe García – In Memoriam” and won third prize at the Third National Clarinet Competition Claribogotá. She was also a winner at Fabio Tadeo Lozano Auditorium Cycle of University Concerts and at VIII Cartagena Festival 2014 Scholarship Master Classes Program.
Still in Colombia, Sofía gave national and world in premiers as an orchestral and solo artist while teaching clarinet in musical academies in the country.
After completing her bachelors in music Summa Cum Laude at the Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas, she continued her studies with renowned clarinetist Howard Klug at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music receiving a Performance Diploma in 2015. Currently she is pursuing her masters with Prof. Klug in addition to studying early clarinet with the world distinguished expert Erich Hoeprich while studying arts administration and working at the Latin American Music Center of IU.
In March 2016, she will be performing at the Carnegie Hall in New York City with the IU Wind Ensemble as principal bass clarinet.