HIMS Academy stands for ‘Encounter – Experience – Learning’ in the fields of classical music, art and culture. A special focus is on intercultural exchange. Current and future projects benefit from the enthusiasm and many years of experience of the company’s founders in these fields. This is the basis of the HIMS Academy’s claim to organize events and projects with a high degree of professionalism, quality and exclusivity.

Schloss Hafenpreppach, the castle garden and park as well as the adjacent buildings offer ideal conditions for performance, exhibitions, creativity, education and tranquility to experience and practice music and art from different perspectives.

The location of the castle in the district of Hassfurt, the proximity to the regions of Coburg, Bamberg, Schweinfurt, Bayreuth and last but not least Würzburg forms a great basis for the integration of an attractive space into the concept.

Our current planning

We are pleased to announce our first festival week in Hafenpreppach and Tambach Castle together with the association ‘Musik und Kunst in Hafenpreppach’.

From July 7 to 16, various international young artists will set new accents for music and culture in our region with a diverse and exciting program. The individual events will be complemented by a culinary festival in the Hafenpreppach castle garden, which will open our festival week on July 7.

The young Korean pianist Sae Yoon Chon is the focus of the concert series. After a first encounter with him in 2019 at the Verbier Festival, he is currently continuing his successful path in New York. We are pleased that he will be accompanied in three concerts by the young ladies Irena Josifoska (cello) and Mathilde Milwidsky (violin), who have also been very successful internationally.

The musical program of the week will be framed by the artist Smita Kinkale from Mumbai in India. The focus of her work is the creation of sculptures from scrap material. During her on-site visit, there will be an opportunity to look over her shoulder at this exciting task.

The end of the festival week is the now traditional Jazz brunch, to which we again welcome the Jazz Colors from Bamberg on Sunday, July 16, in the castle park Hafenpreppach.

Ticket orders for the concerts as well as the Jazz Brunch and registration for the culinary feast:

Mail: Festwoche@hims.academy
By phone: 0173 6060302


1st Festival Week of Music and Art in Hafenpreppach and Tambach Castle from 7 – 16 July 2023

Friday, July 7, 2023, 6:00 pm

Culinary feast in the castle garden Hafenpreppach
(Admission free, food and beverages chargeable; registration required)

Saturday, July 8, 2023, 7:00 pm Hafenpreppach Church Piano recital (I) Sae Yoon Chon

Piano recital (I) Sae Yoon Chon
Works by Claude Debussy and Robert Schumann
(Admission: 50,–€; reduced: 35,–€)

Sunday, July 9, 2023, 4:00 p.m. Hafenpreppach Church

Piano recital (II) Sae Yoon Chon
Works by Johannes Brahms and Sergeij Prokoviev
(Admission: 50,–€; reduced: 35,–€)

From 11 July 2023 - until mid-August

Artist in Residence’ Smita Kinkale
with a diverse program, which will be published promptly.
In any case, there will be an opportunity to see the artist up close at
of her work and to be able to look over her shoulder.
Also, schools and associations of the region, which are interested in the visual arts will show,
Find ways to closely follow the creation and design of their works live.

(More information on logistics will follow shortly at this point).

Thursday, July 13, 2023, 7:00 pm Tambach Castle Church

Mathilde Milwidsky (violin) Sae Yoon Chon (piano)
Violin sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert and Maurice Ravel
(Admission: 50,–€; reduced: 35,–€)

Friday, July 14, 2023, 7:00 pm Tambach Castle Church

Irena Josifoska (cello) Sae Yoon Chon (piano)
Cello sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergeij Rachmaninov, Frederic Chopin
and Astor Piazzolla
(Admission: 50,–€; reduced: 35,–€)

Saturday, July 15, 2023, 7:00 pm Tambach Castle Church

Mathilde Milwidsky, Irena Josifoska, Sae Yoon Chon
Trio sonatas by Maurice Ravel and Johannes Brahms
(Admission: 50,–€; reduced: 35,–€)

Sunday, July 16, 2023, 11:00 a.m., Hafenpreppach Castle Garden

Jazz Brunch with the Jazz Colors from Bamberg
(admission 20,—€; registration not required)

The Perspective


In the future, the Academy’s educational program will include summer academies for students from foreign, internationally oriented educational institutions. In courses and events lasting from one to several weeks, participants will be given attractive opportunities to actively experience and learn about various forms of art and music. The programs are embedded in cultural offerings of the region of Upper and Lower Franconia as well as the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.

Art exhibitions are planned for the palace’s garden and park, which are undergoing a redesign.

In an ‘artist in residence concept’, interested people from near and far will have the opportunity to meet internationally renowned artists, to experience them at work and to learn a lot about art and its creation. Exhibitions will round off this offer.

Since the beginning of January, the musical palette of our offer has expanded thanks to our new Steinway concert grand piano. This will be put to wonderful use extensively in our further programs and in our academy operations.