The trend of recent decades of rock stars to turn to classical music isn't so very surprising.
Here, then, are Classicalite's Five Best rock stars and their classical mentors.
Jon Lord, Malcolm Arnold
The progressive Deep Purple icon indulged his love of classical music at the end of his life with some rather wonderful excursions, such as his piano concerto Boom of the Tingling Strings. The works were deeply influenced by the major English composer Malcolm Arnold, Lord's teacher.
Thomas Lauderdale, Norman Leyden
Before he was the founder of Pink Martini, Thomas Lauderdale was a young pianist in Portland, Ore. He came under the musical mentorship of the American conductor (of the Oregon Symphony Pops Orchestra and others) and composer Norman Leyden.