ESME e.V. Conductors and Staff


benediktholnaicher Benedikt Holnaicher
Benedikt showed considerable interest in music at a young age and began by studying the violin, later switching to viola. His enthusiasm for music history led him to study musicology, philosophy and theatre at university in Munich.
In addition to conducting the ESME orchestra, Benedikt performs in ensembles in and around Munich as a viola player and singer.

Thanks to Tom Hafner for this picture!
Eric Weddle
Eric has been involved in music for most of his life – from his high school marching band, university jazz band, university choir, musical theater and barbershop quartets, to teaching general music and directing school choirs for the last fifteen years. He holds masters degrees in Music Education and Instructional Technology and currently resides and teaches in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
 davysax Davy Kazan
The Resident Alien Big Band 

Davy Kazan fell in love with jazz at the tender age of 12, when he took up playing the saxophone at school. He spent many a weekend sneaking into Sydney’s jazz clubs while still underage because he wanted to listen to the music. After qualifying as a chartered accountant he forgot about his saxophone for over 20 years, and rekindled his love of music when he joined ESME after moving to Munich. Davy managed the Big Band for a number of years before stepping into the leadership role in 2016. If you are interested in having the Big Band play at your event, please contact
The ESME e.V. Board and Volunteers
No association would be able to function without the volunteers who spend their leisure time organising everything.
Chair: Genevieve Cory (since 2016)
Vice Chair: Michael von Glasow (since 2017)
Treasurer: Elaine Cole (since 2016)
Artistic Director: Caroline Kelley (since 2018)
Secretary: Annika Brockhaus (since 2018)
An extra special thanks to all the diligent ESME project teams, the advisory board members and the ensemble management.