Italian Diego Tortelli received his education as a dancer in Italy first at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza a Roma and subsequently at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Starting out in Italy as a freelancer at the age of 18, he danced with Balletto dell'Esperia in Turin under the direction of Paolo Mohovic, and with the Teatro alla Scala and the DanceHaus Susanna Beltrami in Milan before his engagements led him to Valencia in Spain where he was a part of the Ballet de Teatres de la Generalidad for three seasons.
At Valencia, he interpreted and performed pieces of well-known choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Jiří Kylián, Angelin Preljocaj, Thierry Malandain, Asun Noales, Goyo Montero, Carolyn Carlson and Ramon Oller.
After four seasons in Valencia he was invited by choreographer and artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano to join his company Luna Negra Dance Theater Chicago where he danced for two seasons working with Fernando Hernando Madagan, Fernando Melo, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eduardo Vilaro – on top of dancing in a great number of works by Gustavo Ramirez.
In 2012 he left Chicago to join Le Ballet National de Marseilles under the direction of the architect/choreographer Frédéric Flamand. Diego was involved in all the works by Flamand and the collaborations with international architects. He was working with choreographers such as Emio Greco, Pieter Scholten, Olivier Dubois, Richard Siegal, William Forsythe, Lucinda Childs and an installation by Christian Rizzo.
Since 2015 he has worked as a freelancer in projects like Frédéric Flamand's restaging of Orphée et Eurydice with the Teatro Massimo in Palermo where he was also engaged as Maître du ballet. He also created a cultural association called Kor’sia together with three other artists in Madrid. He designed costumes for Luna Negra Chicago, Norrdans and for Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich.
As a choreographer he created a duo for Introdans and Compañia Nacional de Danza/Madrid, Teatro Massimo in Palermo and Eko dance project/ Pompea Santoro.
During the last few months he worked as a dancer with Korzo in The Hague and with MM Dance in Reggio Emilia. Right now he is working as a guest contemporary dancer for the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich and as a freelancer/assistant for Richard Siegal's The Bakery.