Sunday 4 December 2016

Husband held over violent death of pianist

Victoria Ward in Manchester

Published 01/09/2015 | 02:30

Neighbours said Ms Strelchenko and her family were not often at home because they were regularly on tour playing concerts.
Neighbours said Ms Strelchenko and her family were not often at home because they were regularly on tour playing concerts.

The husband of a world-renowned concert pianist is being questioned on suspicion of her murder after she was found dead at their home with multiple head injuries.

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Natalia Strelchenko, known as Natalia Strelle, was found at the property in Newton Heath, north Manchester in the early hours of Sunday.

Police and paramedics were called to the house at 12.45am following reports that a woman had been assaulted. But despite efforts to revive her at the scene, Ms Strelchenko (38) died a short time later. She was described as a piano virtuoso.

Her husband, John Martin (48), a double bass player who also acted as her manager, is understood to have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Talented

Her family said in a statement: "Natalia was a talented, beautiful, much loved mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed."

Ms Strelchenko, who was born in Russia, was said to have been an exceptional talent.

In a 2012 interview, ahead of a performance at Wigmore Hall in London, she laughed as she said: "I am really concerned with engaging with the public in order to bring my ideas to people... and I do not care so much about wrong notes."

She first studied at the St Petersburg State Conservatory before moving to Oslo, where she studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music for three years from 2007 and gained a PhD in arts research.

Her website describes her as a "Norwegian pianist of Russian origin and considered to be one of the country's most renowned solo pianists of international calibre".

Neighbours said Ms Strelchenko and her family were not often at home because they were regularly on tour playing concerts. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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