August 11, 2022

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Why Music? The Psychiatrist at the Keyboard

26 September, 2015 @ 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm


Psychiatrist and concert pianist Dr Richard Kogan is renowned for his recital-lectures showing how some composers’ mental illnesses influenced and shaped their music.

In his first public appearance in the UK, his ‘clients’ include composers from Beethoven to Gershwin – and perhaps the most troubled of all, Robert Schumann.

Speaker and performer

Richard Kogan, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College and Artistic Director, Music and Medicine Program, Weill Cornell Medical College.


Richard Kogan has a distinguished career both as a concert pianist and as a psychiatrist. He has been praised for his “eloquent, compelling, and exquisite playing” by the ‘New York Times’, and the ‘Boston Globe’ wrote that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions”. He has gained renown for his lectures and recitals that explore the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological factors on the creative output of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.

Kogan is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College, Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed a psychiatry residency and an academic fellowship at NYU. He has a private practice of psychiatry in New York City and is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College as co-director of its Human Sexuality Program. He is also co-chairman of the recently established Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Initiative.

This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11.00 on Friday 28 August.


26 September, 2015
1:45 pm - 4:00 pm
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