BIOGRAPHY: Richard Kogan, piano and SummerFest scholar-in-residence

BIOGRAPHY: Richard Kogan, piano and SummerFest scholar-in-residence 2014-06-27T15:04:59+00:00

Richard Kogan


Richard Kogan has a distinguished career both as a concert pianist and as a psychiatrist. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Artistic Director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program, 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.”

Dr. Kogan has gained renown for his lecture/recitals that explore the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological factors and psychiatric and medical illness on the creative output of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, and Bernstein. He has given these presentations at music festivals, concert series, medical conferences, and scholarly symposia throughout the world. He delivered an address entitled “The Power of Music in Healing Mind and Body” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Dr. Kogan has recorded the DVD “Music and the Mind : The Life and Works of Robert Schumann” for Yamaha. In a review of the DVD, Yo-Yo Ma wrote “I came away from this extraordinary lecture and performance deeply moved by a fascinating presentation that only Dr. Kogan, psychiatrist and concert pianist, can deliver … Through a unique combination of brilliant psychiatric insights and superb musicianship, my musical colleague Richard Kogan presents a rich multidimensional profile revealing some of the most intimate sources of Robert Schumann’s enormous creativity, imagination and artistry.” Dr. Kogan has won numerous honors including the Concert Artists Guild Award and the Liebert Award for Applied Psychoanalysis.

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 an academic fellowship at NYU. He is Co-Director of the Human Sexuality Program at the Weill Cornell Medical College and has a private practice of psychiatry in New York City.

This performance marks Richard Kogan’s La Jolla Music Society debut.