My story

Valentino Natolini was born in 1976 in Lugano.
In 2000 he graduated from the School of Violin Making I.P.A.L.L. “Antonio Stradivari” in Cremona under the guidance of the masters Massimo Negroni, Wanna Zambelli and Claudio Amighetti.

In the same period he attended the complementary specialization courses organized by the Lombardy Region and performed the internship in the workshop of Giorgio Grisales.
Since 2001 he has been working at Giorgio Lanini’s laboratory in Locarno, where he carries out maintenance and restoration of stringed instruments.


In 2002 he was called by the School of Violin Making to collaborate in the cataloguing of antique plucked instruments from a private collection and in the same year he began with Giorgio Lanini to build Neapolitan mandolins.
In 2003 he worked at Maurizio Tadioli in Cremona on the construction of stringed instruments.

At the same time he works in his own violin making atelier in Barbengo where he mainly carries out construction activities, working for Swiss and foreign musicians.

In 2005 together with Giorgio Lanini he founded LANINI & NATOLINI SA. In 2007 he began to build double basses as well.