Dr. Richard Kogan in the CPR Performance Studio, September 2013.

(Photo: Michael Hughes)

Dr. Richard Kogan, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Juilliard-trained concert pianist, visited the CPR Performance Studio on Feb. 6 to talk about how Tchaikovsky’s bouts with depression inspired his music.

Kogan points to numerous passages in Tchaikovsky’s music that reflect the composer's sadness and longing.

“His music was not music that was designed to appeal to the head. It was designed to go straight to the heart,” Kogan told CPR Classical’s Jean Inaba.

Hear the full audio above, or hear Kogan’s discussion on George Gershwin’s mind and music from a previous visit.