David Robertson plays electric guitar at Sydney Symphony Orchestra Vanguard
Robertson, who has been learning guitar, joined 12 musicians from the SSO with his Fender Stratocaster in a rendition of Terry Riley's In C before about 300 guests at Carriageworks in Sydney.
It was the first time the Chief Conductor had played an instrument with musicians from the SSO in a public performance.
"In C is a piece where everybody is making the interlocking parts fit in a very free pattern," Robertson said. "At first I was very nervous but then the way the musicians were playing was so enjoyable that I relaxed in to it and that was really fun."
Vanguard is a networking collective for Gen X & Y professionals who want to be part of Sydney's artistic community and help create a vibrant future for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
A one-year Vanguard membership – which costs $42 a month – includes invitations to three one-off events, such as the one last night at Carriageworks, two backstage passes to attend SSO rehearsals at the Sydney Opera House and a VIP ticket concierge service.