I was born the son of Jan and Danna Mongoven in La Jolla,
California on April 30th 1979. I grew up in Carlsbad. My interest in writing music
began when I was 10 years old, when I started playing guitar. At
that time I was interested in hard rock and heavy metal
(especially Def Leppard, Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer). I spent
the majority of my youth listening to and playing this kind of music
with my brother Cory and my friends Dean Robinson and Brian Snyder.
When I was 14 years old, a friend of mine introduced me to classical
music. I quickly became interested in writing classical music,
started playing piano and listening exclusively to classical music.
In high school I began to study composition with Nathan
Phillips at UCSD. After high school I attended New England Conservatory
in Boston, where I studied with Alan Fletcher and in May of 2001 completed
a B.M. in Composition. It was during my first semester at the conservatory
that I began to take serious interest in using
mathematics in my composition. I presently live in Halle, Germany teaching English as a foreign language.
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