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'Talented, beautiful' pianist Natalia Strelchenko found murdered in her home

By Pat Hurst

Published 01/09/2015

Tributes: Natalia Strelchenko
Tributes: Natalia Strelchenko

The family of an international concert pianist murdered at her home have paid tribute to her.

Relatives of Natalia Strelchenko said she was "talented, beautiful, much-loved mother, daughter, sister and friend" who would be greatly missed.

The 38-year-old suffered head injuries in an attack in Newton Heath, Manchester.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene on Sunday but were unable to save her.

A 48-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of murder.

A Home Office post-mortem found Ms Strelchenko died from head and neck injuries.

Detective Superintendent Phil Reade, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "This is a tragic incident in which a talented young lady has lost her life.

"Natalia's family, many of whom live outside the UK, are understandably beside themselves at their loss. We are doing everything we can to support them."

Ms Strelchenko was considered a solo pianist of international calibre. She made her debut at the age of 12 with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and also performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Wigmore Hall.

She had been artist in residence at Leeds College of Art, and a research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Neighbours said she had been living in Manchester for two years after moving from Norway, but the family were often away from home while on tour.

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