Natalia Strelchenko

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Natalia Strelchenko
Birth name Natalia Strelchenko
Also known as Natalia Strelle
Born (1976-12-23)23 December 1976[1]
Russian SFSR
Died 30 August 2015(2015-08-30) (aged 38)
Manchester, UK
Genres Classical
Instruments Piano

Natalia Strelchenko (Наталья Стрельченко, also known as Natalia Strelle; 23 December 1976 – 30 August 2015) was a world-renowned Norwegian concert pianist of Russian origin. She died shortly after being found by police officers at her home at Newton Heath in Manchester, England on 30 August 2015. A post mortem indicated that she had died of head and neck injuries.

Biography[edit]

Strelchenko played her first concert at the age of 12 with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra.[2][3] She was educated at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) in Oslo.[4] She worked from 1995 to 2000 as an accompanist and teacher at Saint Petersburg Conservatory.[5] She held a research fellowship at NMH from 2007 to 2010 and was artist in residence at Leeds College of Music in 2008.[5][6] She was awarded her PhD from NMH for her thesis Stile Brillante. Piano technique in historical perspective in 2011.[6]

Strelchenko was renowned as a concert pianist and her playing was described as virtuosic, having played at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall to rave reviews.[7] She was an artistic director of the Menestrelles International Chamber Music Academy as well as assistant Professor in the conservatoire at Belfort in eastern France.[8]

Death[edit]

Police and paramedics were called to Strelchenko's home in Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester at around 12:45 in the morning of 30 August 2015. Despite attempts to revive her she died shortly later in hospital.[9] A post mortem indicated that she had died from head and neck injuries. Her husband and manager, Norwegian double bass player John Martin, was subsequently charged with her murder and the attempted murder of a teenager who could not be named for legal reasons.[10][11][12] Martin stood trial in February and March 2016. He was found guilty of Strelchenko's murder and sentenced to life in prison.[13][14]

Discography[edit]

CDs[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • DVD production "History of piano technique" in collaboration with Finchcocks Instrument Museum (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Natalia Strelchenko pianist", MIC Bransjeregister, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  2. ^ "Concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko killed in Manchester home", Classical Music Magazine, 1 September 2015, archived from the original on 4 September 2015, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  3. ^ "Concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko killed in her Manchester home", The Guardian, 31 August 2015, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  4. ^ "Natalia Strelchenko murder investigation: Man arrested in connection with death of world-renowned concert pianist in Manchester", The Independent, 30 August 2015, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  5. ^ a b "Natalia Strelchenko", Levende Klassisk Forside, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  6. ^ a b "Research", Natalia Strelchenko website, archived from the original on 5 September 2015, retrieved 2 September 2015 
  7. ^ "On with the old, in with the new", The Guardian, 7 January 2015, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  8. ^ "Natalia Strelchenko: Mum who died after being found with serious head injuries named as internationally renowned concert pianist", Daily Mail, 30 August 2015, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  9. ^ "Natalia Strelchenko Murder: Man Charged", Sky News, 2 September 2015, retrieved 2 September 2015 
  10. ^ "Partner of pianist Natalia Strelchenko appears in court charged with her murder", The Guardian, 2 September 2015, retrieved 3 September 2015 
  11. ^ "Natalia Strelchenko death: Man charged over pianist murder", BBC News, 1 September 2015, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  12. ^ "Partner of pianist Natalia Strelchenko charged with her murder and attempted murder of teenager", Classic FM, 1 September 2015, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  13. ^ "Musician found guilty of strangling and beating to death his world-renowned concert pianist wife in jealous rage", Daily Mail, 18 March 2016 
  14. ^ "Natalia Strelchenko murder: 'Jealous' husband John Martin jailed", BBC News, 21 March 2016, retrieved 22 March 2016