A famed concert pianist was found dead and police have arrested a suspect in the murder. Natalia Strelchenko was found fatally beaten at her Manchester, England home. John Martin, 48, has been charged with murdering Ms Strelchenko, 38, as well as with attempted murder of a boy under the age of 17. Martin is reported to be Strelchenko’s partner.
A Home Office post-mortem examination found she died from head and neck injuries.
According to the independent, police and paramedics were called to Culcheth Lane at 12.45am on Sunday and attempted to revive Ms Strelchenko – who also used the name Natalia Strelle – but she died a short time later in hospital.
Strelchenko was a renowned pianist who had played at Carnegie Hall. Her family said in a statement:
“Natalia was a talented, beautiful, much-loved mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed.”
In a 2007 review in the Observer, Anthony Holden wrote of Strelle:
“Her passionate sensibility combined with formidable technique to produce passages of great poise and beauty, enhanced by her charming stage manner – a mixture of coquettish, conspiratorial eye-contact with the front few rows, unorthodox air-punching at the end of significant sections and head-rolls towards the ceiling in truly transcendental style.” He added: “I suspect we will be hearing much more of this engaging artist.”