Sofia Obando Aburto is a talented and passionate young Costa Rican musician currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney. She has had experience with several teaching methods as an international student. Sofia uses her knowledge and learning experience to her advantage in her teaching, and is very committed to her students.
She is available to teach Traditional Piano, Bassoon, Clarinet and Oboe.
Traditional Piano, Bassoon, Clarinet and Saxophone Teacher
Sofia Obando Aburto is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is a scholarship student of Andrew Barnes, and the First Central American at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Growing up in Costa Rica, Sofia studied piano for several years and then continued her studies in bassoon with Marco Redondo, as 2nd bassoon player of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica at the National Institute of Music. Sofia was also a prize winner in the 2015 Bassoon Contest in Mexico. She has participated with the National Symphony orchestra of Costa Rica and was member Youth Orchestra and Heredia Orchestra.
Sofia has performed in many chamber music ensembles and masterclasses such as Tomas Novak, Benjamin Coelho, Nancy Goeres, Mauricio Paez. Sofia has travelled to Brazil, attending the Festival of Music in Santa Catarina, directed by Alex Klein. She also performed in masterclasses and as first bassoon of the FeMuSC Sinfonietta.
Sofia has had experience with several teaching methods as an international student. She uses her knowledge and learning experience to her advantage in her teaching, and is very committed to her students.
Bassooon Studies at National Institute of Music
Piano Accompianist Studies at National Institute of Music
UNED/National Institute of Music
Music Performance, Conservatorium of Music at University of Sydney
Our son has been learning to play the piano with Sofia for more than a year, and enjoys it very much. Sofia has a friendly teaching style, always smiling and patient, and with lots of gentle encouragement. It has been wonderful watching his playing improve and to see him build the confidence to perform in the LCMCC concerts. LCMCC is an inviting and friendly environment for learning music. Highly recommended. L. Dawes
My son Jordan started Sofia’s Clarinet class in late 2018 as a beginner. After just a few classes, he skipped training band and jumped to junior band in his first school audition. After a year of learning from Sofia, he moved up straight to school senior band and skipped concert band. I think Sofia has so much such talent in teaching, she is professional and very patient. I feel so thankful for her efforts with my son. W. Yan
Festivals and Awards
Third Place at the International Bassoon Competition in Mexico 2015
FEMUSC Music Festival in Santa Caterina Brazil
First Central American admitted at Sydney Conservatorium of Music
National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica
Heredia Symphony Orchestra
Youth Orchestra of Costa Rica
Orchestra Julio Fonseca
Orchestra Sinfonietta 1 FEMUSC
Advanced Wind Symphony INM
sydney Conservatorium Orchestra
Wind Symphony of the Conservatorium of Music
Andrew Barnes, Sydney Conservatorium
Marco Redondo, Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra
Mauricio Paez, Israel Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Coelho, Carnegie Mellon University
Tomas Novak, New England Conservatory
Francisco Formigia, Osesp Quartet
Gabriela Montero, Concert Pianist
Section leader (Alto) and Conductor of the Youth Choir of Costa Rica
Gospel Choir Festival, Costa Rica (2013)
ADICOR Chamber Music Festival (2011-2015)
Workshop with the Yale Chamber Choir Society