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

(Photo: Michael Hughes)

Psychiatrist and concert pianist Dr. Richard Kogan returns to the CPR Performance Studio at 1 p.m. Thursday to talk about how Tchaikovsky’s lifelong bouts of frustration and despair fueled his music.

“Without these depressions, we might not have “Swan Lake,” the 1812 Overture, musical masterpieces like the “Pathetique” symphony,” Kogan, a graduate of Juilliard School of Music and Harvard Medical School, says.

Kogan will talk and play piano live on CPR Classical with host Jean Inaba. The program will repeat on Colorado Spotlight at 7 p.m. Thursday.

He  will also discuss Tchaikovsky as part of a fundraiser Thursday night for the arts education nonprofit Think 360 Arts.

Kogan discussed George Gershwin’s life, music and creative process when he visited Denver in September. Hear his interview on Gershwin's music with Chloe Veltman, CPR’s Arts bureau editor, or hear more of his thoughts on Tchaikovsky in this video:  


Psychiatrist and concert pianist Dr. Richard Kogan on how Tchaikovsky's mental health woes fueled his brilliant music.