Principal cellist goes on trial for wife murder

Principal cellist goes on trial for wife murder


norman lebrecht

May 06, 2015

The trial has opened in Bonn of Sergei Kurochkin, a principal cellist in the Beethoven Orchestra, who is accused of strangling his wife, the Belgian pianist Kate de Marcken, and burying her body in a forest.

The accused, 55, led police eventually to the burial site. He has remained silent in court.

Reports here (in German) and here (in Flemish).

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  • william osborne says:

    I didn’t realize the details of the murder were so horrific. He put her in a headlock, and hit her on the head with a metal bar to knock her out and make it easier to strangle her. She didn’t lose consciousness, however, so he tied her hands and feet with tape and then put a plastic bag over her head to suffocate her. The report says she died a torturous death that took 3 to 5 minutes. The murder took place in October, but he buried her in a shallow grave in the forest he had dug the summer before. He is thus charged with premeditated murder. He was recently put in a prison hospital under a suicide watch.

  • Fred says:


    will you please LEARN and try to remember that the languagze spoken in Flanders is DUTCH…………