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Matthew Baker (94)

Matt Baker

Matt Baker is a respected jazz pianist/vocalist who has performed at jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls in Australia, Europe, USA and the Pacific.  Matt now lives and performs in New York, with one of his most recent performances being at Carnegie Hall.  His new album "Almost Blue" was released in June 2016.  
Matt's first ever professional gig was at the Belaroma Café, Lindfield.  Matt joined Australian Jazz group Galapagos Duck and played with his band at the Soup Plus Jazz Club in the city, often with vocalist Emma Pask. Matt was mentored by drummer John Morrison (brother of James), joined John’s big-band, Swing City and recorded his first CD with the trio in 1999. In the early 2000s, Matt's trio was invited to be the in-house band at the Montreux Jazz Festival Switzerland: he then performed there for four years straight. Matt was also a semi-finalist for three years in the Montreux Solo Jazz Piano competition. There were many trips to Europe and New York in his 20s, before moving there permanently. Since then Matt has toured with Judy Collins, Patrizio Buanne, played at Birdland Jazz club, visited the home of Oscar Peterson and played his piano,  played privately for Quincy Jones, played solo at the Lincoln Centre and was written up in the New York Times the next day.  Matt has always enjoyed playing Jazz. - "Jazz gave me the freedom to express, to be myself, to create and to break out of the traditional constraints of piano lessons, I felt I could take it anywhere. That said however, one of the biggest mistakes I made was thinking I could throw away classical studies and technical work when I began Jazz. When I later found how much I was lacking in technique, I picked up the classical again (scales, exercises etc) which I still practice to this day."

Libby Armstrong (Fisher 85)

Libby ArmstrongLibby Armstrong is the proud owner of Sydney’s newest independent bookshop for young adults and children, Beachside Bookshop at Avalon in Sydney's Northern Beaches.  Libby offers a clever edit of popular new releases for all readers - teens, kids, babies and adults alike, showcasing homegrown talent, promoting rising stars in Oz YA, stocking international favourites.
Following school Libby studied Journalism, with a goal of becoming a professional writer. This led to a 20-year career in the banking sector in Hong Kong and Singapore, with positions ranging from newsletter editor to the Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs in International and Institutional Banking. Libby's career highlight however has been opening the Beachside Bookshop in Avalon earlier this year. " I had this burning passion for many years which began in my 20s when I managed a Mosman bookstore. This is my Plan A! " 

Ross Le (00)

Ross Le

 

Ross Kurt Le is an actor and writer, best known for his role as Alex in the LA TV Series , Stitchers.  
After leaving Barker as a boarder in 2000, Ross Le started his study of Chemical Engineering at Sydney Uni.  He soon switched to Business Administration at Macquarie Uni and graduated in 2005. Ross questioned his choices and his current accountancy career, and chose to leave everything behind to pursue his dream in an acting career.  
Following attendance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, Ross found work on stage at East West players and at Circle X Theatre. He has also appeared on Castle (2012) and Run DMZ (2013), and is currently filming season two of Stitchers (2015-2016).


 

Nathaniel Ware (06)

Nat Ware


Nathaniel is the founder and CEO of private consulting business called 180 Degrees Consulting located in New York.

Nathaniel was Barker College School captain, President of the Student Representative Council, Company Commander of the Cadet Unit and was awarded Dux of the School for the class of 2006.  Beyond school Nathaniel has achieve excellence academically, being awarded the Convocation Medal for Best All-Rounder at Sydney University and being announced as a Rhodes Scholar in 2011.    He has been recognised for non-profit social and environmental work, receiving the St Gallen Leader of Tomorrow Award, the Goldman Sachs Global Leader Award and the Oxford Vice- Chancellor's Social Impact Award.

Nathaniel has carried the five Barker values, but in particular, the value of compassion in all that he has done and will continue to do.

Hugo Johnstone-Burt (05)

Hugo JohnstoneBurt


Hugo studied drama as an elective whilst at Barker College and was actively involved in many sports and extra curricular activities.  Following completion of his Higher School Certificate (HSC), Hugo traveled around the world for eight months to countries including Peru, Bolivia, Spain and more.  In 2007 Hugo successfully gained entry into NIDA and completed the taxing three year acting course.  Hugo successfully entered the Australian arts scene appearing in small roles in Australian dramas Rake, Sea Patrol and Underbelly:The Golden Mile and then most notably as Fish Lamb in Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.  Hugo's  career highlight to date is being part of the 2015 film San Andreas, playing the role of Ben Taylor, alongside Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.


Tim Reed (03)

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Tim Reed is a professional triathlete currently holding the titles of  2016 Ironman Australian Champion, 70.3 Asia-Pacific Champion and 70.3 World Champion.

Whilst at Barker College Tim excelled in fitness testing and beep tests so had an idea his future may include some type of endurance sport. Now Tim competes in 10-12 races per year and loves being his own boss, having the flexibility to spend time with his family.  Additionally with Tim's great sponsors he is able to continue pursuing his professional career as a triathlete.