Speakers Forum Series: CHANGE

Start time

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 7:30pm


EMPAC Concert Hall


Presentation Description:

Deafness is a hardship for anyone, but for a musician it is catastrophic.  When Ludwig van Beethoven first experienced loss of hearing as a young man, he contemplated suicide, but he made the decision to resist his suicidal impulses and instead fulfill his artistic destiny.  Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Juilliard-trained concert pianist Dr. Richard Kogan will give a lecture/concert that examines how Beethoven became a greater composer once locked inside the silent world of his imagination.  Dr. Kogan will explore the psychological basis of Beethoven's creative life and will illuminate the discussion with performances of some of Beethoven's most extraordinary music.


About Dr. Kogan:

Richard Kogan has a distinguished career both as a musician and as a physician.  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 Joplin. He has given these presentations at music festivals, medical conferences, and scholarly symposia throughout the world. Dr. Kogan is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music Pre-college, Harvard College, and Harvard Medical School. 


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