Hugh Barrett studied jazz piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Paul McNamara, Judy Bailey, and Mike Nock, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music with first class honours.
He was a James Morrison Jazz Scholarship finalist in 2003 and 2004 and an Australian National Jazz Awards semi-finalist in 2006 and 2013. Hugh has been a member of the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra since 2006, providing him with opportunities to perform with acclaimed international artists such as Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Bob Shepherd, Alex Sipiagin, Florian Ross, Charles Tolliver, and Bert Joris. Hugh has also performed in smaller ensembles with American drummer John Riley and Australian jazz icons such as Dale Barlow, Bernie McGann, and Dave Panichi, and at many of Australia’s best jazz festivals, including the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
A versatile musician, Hugh also recorded and toured nationally and internationally as part of popular group The Beautiful Girls from 2009 to 2012. Hugh is also in the final stages of completing a doctorate in philosophy at the ANU.