Marcello Bellei was born in Modena, Italy in 1976. He enrolled in the School of Violin Making in Parma in 1996, where he studied under Renato Scrollavezza. After he was awarded his diploma, Bellei worked for Lorenzo Frignani in Modena, Alberto Giordano in Genova, and Marco Imer Piccinotti in San Polo d’Enza until 2003.
His instruments have been recognized for their quality and sound in several competitions, and his awards include the second prize in the National Violin Making Competition in Baveno, and the “Provincia di Cremona” prize for best sound. In 2002, he became a founding member of the Parma Violinmaker’s Association. Shortly after, in 2003, Bellei was hired as a professor at the College of Violin Making in Pieve di Cento (Bologna).