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International concert pianist killed at her UK home

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A WOMAN KILLED at her home in Manchester has been named today as Natalia Strelchenko, an international concert pianist.

The 38-year-old was found with fatal injuries in the Newton Heath area in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police and paramedics called to the address following reports a woman had been assaulted.

“Paramedics attempted to revive Natalia at the scene, but she sadly died a short time later,” a statement from Greater Manchester Police said.

A post-mortem examination found she had died from head and neck injuries.

“Natalia was a talented, beautiful, much loved mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed,” a statement from the family said.

A 48-year-old man who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder remains in police custody tonight.

manchester Source: NataliaStrelchenko.com

“This is a tragic incident in which a talented young lady has lost her life,” Detective Superintendent Phil Reade said.

“Natalia’s family, many of whom live outside the UK, are understandably beside themselves at their loss and we are doing everything we can at this time to support them. We are determined to find out exactly what has led to Natalia being taken from them in this way.

“We have a team of detectives investigating this murder and are asking for anyone with information that may assist our enquiries, to please get in touch.”

A Norwegian pianist of Russian origin, Natalia made her debut at the age of 12 with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.

She has performed across Europe, including concerts in Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, the UK, Japan and the USA.

In a 2007 review in the Observer, the writer noted her “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”.

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