Caramoor favorite and esteemed scholar Richard Kogan returns to continue his series diving into the Mind & Music of the composers and musicians whose works we know and love but whose minds tell us a deeper story. Marking Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, Dr. Kogan, a Juilliard-trained pianist, will combine his lecture with performance examples that are as relevant as they are technically masterful.
“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.” — Yo-Yo Ma
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 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/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 composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Gershwin, Bernstein, and Joplin. He has given these performances at concert series, music festivals, medical conferences, and scholarly symposia throughout the world. A master storyteller, he has given presentations on the lives and minds of composers at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, The Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, the TEDMED Conference, and the BBC in London.
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, the Liebert Award for Applied Psychoanalysis, and the Alexander Award in Psychiatry.
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 fellowship at NYU. He has a private practice of psychiatry in New York City.