Natalia Strelchenko: Husband of Russian Concert Pianist Charged In Her Murder

Pam WrightBusiness, Life

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The husband of Natalia Strelchenko has been charged in the murder of the concert pianist and the attempted murder of a child under 17, thought to be the couple's child Leo.

John Martin, 47, of Norway, who was a double bassist and his wife's manager, is set to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, as reported by the Daily Mail.

"A man has been charged after a woman was murdered in Newton Heath. John Martin (16/08/1967) of Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath has been charged with murder. He has also been charged with the attempted murder of a boy under the age of 17. Both incidents took place on Sunday 30 August 2015," said the Greater Manchester Police Department.

According to the International Business Times, Natalia Strelchenko, 38, also known as Natalia Strelle, was discovered Sunday at her home in Newton Heath, Manchester by police. Strelchenko had suffered fatal injuries to her head and neck. Paramedics called to the scene were unable to revive the pianist and she later died at a nearby hospital.

Strelchenko, who was born in Russia, first appeared in the spotlight when she performed with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12. After emigrating to Norway, where studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music, she moved to the UK.

Renowned throughout the world for her talent, the qualified musicologist and assistant professor at the Conservatoire of Belfort in France in venues like New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Wigmore Hall.

Following her death, Natalia Strelchenko's family said issued a statement.

"Natalia was a talented, beautiful, much-loved mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed."

Martin was also a highly regarded musician. He performed at major venues including Moscow Chamber Music Academy and Berlin Camerata.

Pam Wright