George Gemünder was a German born- American violin maker born in 1816. He worked in the family workshop until his fathers death in 1935. In 1843, Gemunder made his way to Paris, and started at the workshop of J.B. Vuillaume, quickly rising through the ranks, honing his skills in making and learned secrets of the French and Italian Trade. By the late 1840’s George had made his way to the United States, quickly making a reputation for himself. His career was very successful, winning multiple medals and awards for his work across Europe and the United States.