Concert Pianist Natalia Strelchenko Found Slain in Manchester Home

Concert Pianist Natalia Strelchenko Found Slain
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MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Natalia Strelchenko, a 38-year-old world-renowned concert pianist of Russian origin, was found dead with head injuries in her Manchester, England, home on Sunday.

“Natalia was a talented, beautiful, much loved mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed,” her family said in a statement, BBC News reported.

Strelchenko, who also went by the surname Strelle, made her debut with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at age 12. She performed throughout Europe and Japan. She also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. She was educated at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and the Norwegian Academy of Music.

A 48 year-old man, John Martin, believed to be her husband, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, The Guardian reported. He is a concert double bass player who also played at high-profile venues throughout the world. He played with ensembles like the Moscow Chamber Music Academy and Berlin Camerata.

Strelchenko had been scheduled to play several concerts later this year, including venues in Norway, France and the UK. She also worked as an artistic director at the Menestrelles International Chamber Music Academy.


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