Grisly murder of concert pianist by husband jealous of her success

Wednesday, February 23, 2016

She was a renowned musician who first took to the piano at the age of eight and would make her debut at just 12-years-old with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.  Natalia Strelchenko went on to play to venues worldwide, including the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Franzosische Dom in Berlin.

But the talented pianist’s success made her husband - a Norwegian double bass player - jealous, because her career had taken off in a way his had not, a court heard yesterday.  John Martin, 48, is accused of strangling and beating Ms Strelchenko to death on their second wedding anniversary.  38-year-old concert pianist Ms Strelchenko, also known by the surname Strelle was found with head and neck injuries at their home in Newton Heath, Manchester, last August. She was rushed to hospital, but declared dead about an hour after