Cesare Maggiali was born in Carrara, Italy in 1886. He was introduced to the craft of instrument making by master Italian luthier Igino Sderci. Maggiali worked primarily as a teacher, and he became passionate about violin-making as a side job. He often based his work on Stradivari and Guarneri models.
Throughout his lifetime, Maggiali made around 150 violins, 10 violas and 3 cellos. One of his instruments was awarded the gold medal at the exhibition in Rome in 1954.