As a performer, Mondragon believes; "music has the ability to inevitably tap the still, mysterious deep well of our emotions. Music can recreate emotions and get the listeners involved with the performer's emotions. Listeners are in an emotional state while listening to that music and often we hear them say "this is my song" and feel that special emotion each time they hear the song. Music is created from the heart and molded by emotion. As musicians, we are inherently creative and we can derive intense pleasure from a particular piece of music which we listen to or produce. All such works of art are the result of an inner urge. That is why music is inherently beautiful. It prepares the soul for something higher."
Mondragon combines his passion for music with his profession as a school psychologist. He uses music and visualization to help his students deal with the difficulties many young adults face; "having dealt with a lot of these same pains and struggles, I know and understand where they are coming from."
Classically trained, Diego played his first solo violin concerto at age 10 and later became the first chair in the South Bay Youth Orchestra in San Diego. At age 15, he was offered a full scholarship to the Royal British Conservatory in England.
Mondragon has played for presidents Ronald Regan and Roberto de La Madrid of Mexico. He has performed in venues in Cuba, Paris, Barcelona, England, Italy and Japan. Today, with a new CD out, "Corazon de Mondragon," eight original compositions which he describes as a mixture of acoustic-jazz, Latin-Jazz, flamenco and romance, his band plays in major events throughout California and abroad.