Australian violin maker Rainer Beilharz (b. 1964) began his violin making career in with John Ferwerda in Melbourne, Australia. He worked in Germany with Bernhard Franke and Antoine Muller in Stuttgart, and also studied in Markneukirchen, where he received his journeyman's certificate in 1993. He was awarded a Geigenbaumeister honor of distinction from the Mittenwald school of Instrument Making, and received further training at the Violin Society of America Violin Making Workshops at Oberlin College. Beilharz's instruments have been recognized with numerous awards at VSA competitions, including a Silver Medal for Cello Workmanship in 2014, Silver Medals for Violin, Viola, and Cello Workmanship in 2012, and Certificates of Merit for Violin and Cello in 2010. Beilharz is a member of the Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers and a founding member of the Australian Violin Makers Association. His workshop is in Guildford, Victoria in Australia.