Richard Adger, clarinet
Sunnat Ibragimov, cello
Teng Fu, piano
Trio Affettuoso was founded in August, 2014 to explore the rich tradition of chamber music for clarinet, cello and piano trio. Members include Richard Adger, clarinet; Sunnat Ibragimov, cello; and Teng Fu, piano.
Despite the short time they have been working together, Trio Affettuoso has achieved significant results. They were named Alternate at the 2014-2015 MTNA Chamber Music—Strings Competition in Missouri and were semi-finalists in the 2015 Plowman Competition. They are finalists in the 2015 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in Pasadena.
Richard Adger is a undergraduate student at the University of Kansas, where he studies with Dr. Stephanie Zelnick. He has been selected to perform on the Undergraduate Honors Recital at KU.
Sunnat Ibagimov is from a distinguished music family in his native Uzbekistan. He performed extensively with orchestras; chamber musicians, including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ben Sayevich, and Christine Grossman; and in festivals. In 2013 and 2015 he performed in Guangzhou, China, and gave master classes. He is a frequent winner of prizes and honors, including the State Cello Competition (Tashkent) and the International Cello Competition in Amalfì, among others. He is a D.M.A. student at the University of Kansas.
Pianist Teng Fu began his studies in his native China and studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He moved to New York in 2006, where he completed his pre-college study at the Manhattan School of Music and his B.M. and M.M. degrees at Mannes College. He has won prizes in the All-China Competition and the Gina Bachauer Competition and was invited to give concerts at the Beethoven Music Festival in Bonn, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. He is a student of Dr. Scott McBride Smith.
The group is coached by Dr. Scott McBride Smith.