Tchaikovsky: Music and Melancholy

June 2, 2020
Natalie Timoshin

A virtuoso concert pianist and psychiatrist's "play" on the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological and medical factors on the creative output of the great composers in music history.

Dr Kogan was scheduled to give the William C. Menninger Memorial Convocation Lecture, “Tchaikovsky: Music and Melancholy” at the 2020 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on April 27. When the meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19, he decided to produce a video of the presentation.

Richard Kogan, MD, is a virtuoso concert pianist and a distinguished psychiatrist. He is renowned for his lecture – concerts that explore the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological factors and psychiatric and medical illness on the creative output of the great composers in music history. A master storyteller, Dr Kogan has captivated audiences with these programs at music festivals, medical conferences, and scholarly symposia throughout the world.

Dr Kogan is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, Artistic Director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program and the Co-Director of Weill Cornell’s Human Sexuality Program. The New York Times has praised him for his “exquisite playing” and The Boston Globe said that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.”

Dr Kogan is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College, Harvard College, and Harvard Medical School. He completed a psychiatry residency and academic fellowship at NYU. He has won numerous honors and awards in both music and psychiatry.

For more on Dr Kogan, see:

A Conversation With Dr Richard Kogan

Creativity and Mental Illness: Richard Kogan on Rachmaninoff

His dvd, Music & the Mind: The Life and Works of Robert Schuman is available from Amazon.