Ornella was born in Bari, south Italy, in 1980. She started her training in stringed instrument making and repair in 2005, after a Degree in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bari. Her first teacher was her father Arturo Ceci, a very well known luthier, piano tuner, and restorer in Bari. After a few years of work in her home town as an instrument maker, repairer, and bow rehairer, she decided to improve her knowledge in 2014 by training with Master IGOR MORODER in Turin and Milan.
In 2015 she had the opportunity of an internship in the workshop of maker and restorer Master GUUST FRANCOIS in Amsterdam. Here she made her first "dutch" instrument, a viola. In April 2017 she took a course in the restoration of String Instruments at WEST DEAN COLLEGE in Chirchester (England). Her tutors were Master WARREN BEALY (a maker and restorer in Canada), Master GUDRUN KREMEIER (a restorer in Amsterdam) and Master IRIS CARR (an expert in retouching techniques).
In 2017/2018 with Master BAS MAAS she began further training to refine her set-up and new making techniques. In the MAAS shop she worked with colleagues who helped improve her knowledge, like Master ROBERTO FURNARI (restorer and expert in dendrochronological analysis of stringed instruments), and Master LAMBERT HOUNIET (violinmaker and restorer).
In 2018 she started further training in bow making and restoration which is ongoing with Master MICHAEL YEATS.