Dr. Richard Kogan

Beethoven's Deafness: Psychological Crisis and Artistic Triumph

April 14, 2016

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 “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, Bernstein, and Scott Joplin. 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 and at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi. Presentations this year include a series of performances sponsored by the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a lecture/concert at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, a trio performance with Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Chang to benefit the Harvard Medical School Capital Campaign, the DuPont Lecture sponsored by the American Clinical and Climatological Association, benefit concerts for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Psychiatric Education and Research Foundation in Los Angeles, a special music and medicine performance at the American College of Preventive Medicine annual meeting in Atlanta, performances at the Center for Humanities and Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in both Minnesota and Arizona, and a performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2 with the Music and Medicine Orchestra at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Juilliard.

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. He has recorded the DVD “Music and the Mind: The Life and Works of Robert Schumann” for Yamaha and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards.


April 14th, 2016 – Speaker at Annual Perez-Mesa Lectureship in Medical Humanities – 7:30 p.m. School of Music Whitmore Hall. 2016 Perez Mesa flyer

An endowed Carlos Perez-Mesa, MD, Lectureship in Medical Humanities has been established at MU in honor of Dr. Perez-Mesa’s interest to further discussions that focus on the art and ethics of medicine.

Dr. Kogan will speak and perform on “Beethoven’s Deafness: Psychological Crisis and Artistic Triumph.” Dr. Richard Kogan has a unique advantage when speaking of the relationship between music and the mind. His music training began at age 5 with piano lessons and continued in Juilliard Pre-College (‘73) in cello and piano. Dr. Kogan completed a double major in music and pre-medicine at Harvard. His fascination with the complexity of the human mind and creativity ultimately led him to study psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. The event is free and open to the public