Mark Anton Hollinger began making instruments in 1974 at age 16. In 1983, he graduated from the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City after completing four years of study.
As a further step toward establishing his professional credentials, he worked in San Francisco with Roland Feller, one of the finest shops in the country, doing repair and restoration work, much of it for members of the San Francisco Symphony and guest artists. While there, he was able to study and handle some of the most renowned instruments of the Cremonese masters. He also spent time in Europe studying the finest Cremonese instruments, which is the style he emulates while incorporating his own designs.
In November 1984 in Ottawa he took part in his first competition at age 26, which was sponsored by the Violin Making Society of America, where he won two awards. His violin was chosen as one of the six finalists from more than a hundred others and was singled out for its concert hall tonal quality by every judge.