Gregory Ney won the Keep an Eye Filmscore Award on July 7 for his music for the film Merhamet. Emanuele Pellegrini received an honourable mention for his music for the resurrection of a leaf. Gregory and Emanuele both graduated with their projects from the master programme in Composing for Film, a collaboration of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Film Academy. The awards were presented during the Keep an Eye Film Academy Festival at Eye Filmmuseum.
Gregory Ney studied composition/arranging jazz in the bachelor’s degree programme at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he wrote arrangements for famous artists such as Seamus Blake, Alex Sipiagin, Tineke Postma and Humphrey Campbell. He continued his studies in the master's programme in Composing for Film, where he composed the music for several short films. He also wrote music for animation films, commercials and games. He is also a saxophonist; he performs frequently with his quartet Saxitude and can be heard on several film scores and albums.
Emanuele Pellegrini studied jazz piano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees, he continued his studies in the master's programme in Composing for Film, where he composed soundtracks for various projects. He combines his activities as a composer with his ongoing performing career.
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