2 Sep 2015

Man charged with concert pianist's murder

8:24 am on 2 September 2015

A man has been charged with murder after concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko was found with fatal injuries at a house in the British city of Manchester.

Natalia Strelchenko

Natalia Strelchenko Photo: nataliastrelchenko.com

John Martin, 47, is accused of killing the 38-year-old mother, who died after reports of an assault at a property in Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath, on Sunday.

Mr Martin, of Culcheth Lane, has also been charged with the attempted murder of a boy under the age of 17.

He is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Ms Strelchenko died in hospital on Sunday after paramedics were unable to revive her.

In a statement, her family described her as "talented" and "beautiful", they added: "She will be greatly missed."

According to her website, Ms Strelchenko, who was of Russian origin, made her debut aged 12 with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.

Also known as Natalia Strelle, she had performed across Europe, Japan and at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall.

She was educated at St Petersburg State Conservatory and the Norwegian Academy of Music.