Rita Marcotulli was born in Rome in 1959, and studied piano at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. Since the early Eighties she's been performing with relevant European and American artists, such as Jon Christensen, Palle Danielsson, Peter Erskine, Richard Galliano, Steve Grossman, Joe Henderson, François Jeanneau, Helène La Barrière, Joe Lovano, Charlie Mariano, Marilyn Mazur, Pat Metheny, Sal Nistico, Tony Oxley, Michel Portal, Enrico Rava, Aldo Romano, Kenny Wheeler. In 1987 she was nominated best young talent in the "Musica Jazz" Poll. In 1988 she joined Billy Cobham's band, and toured extensively Europe and the United States.

She has composed film soundtracks, and music for dance projects by choreographers Roberta Garrison and Teri J. Weikel. At present she's performing with various internationally based groups, including a quartet under her own name (featuring Tore Brunborg, Anders Jormin and Anders Kjellberg), a trio with Palle Danielsson and Bob Moses, a quintet co-lead with Maria Pia De Vito, a duo with Pietro Tonolo, a quartet with Dewey Redman, Michel Benita and Aldo Romano, a quartet with Charlie Mariano, Palle Danielsson and Marilyn Mazur, another quartet with Enrico Rava, Richard Galliano and Enzo Pietropaoli, the Palle Danielsson Quintet, the Dewey Redman Quartet, the Pino Daniele Group.

She has taken part in several tv broadcasts in Danmark, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, including the 1996 edition of the Sanremo Festival, where she performed a duet with Pat Metheny. She also took part in a piano trio together with Paul Bley and John Taylor at Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy. DISCOGRAPHY Summer, Rita Marcotulli Quartet with Nicola Stilo, Enzo Pietropaoli, Giampaolo Ascolese, 1984 Things, various groups led by Furio Di Castri, 1984 Un'Altra Galassia, Pietro Tonolo-Rita Marcotulli Quartet w. Enzo Pietropaoli, Roberto Gatto, 1985 Flying, various groups led by Carla Marcotulli, 1986 Notes, Roberto Gatto Group with Michael Brecker, Maurizio Giammarco, Flavio Boltro, etc, 1986 Oslo Party, Rita Marcotulli Trio with Anders Jormin, Anders Kjellberg, 1988 Empty Room, Sal Nistico Quartet, 1988 In Coming, Billy Cobham Band, 1989 Preferences, Michel Benita Quartet with Dewey Redman, Aldo Romano, 1990 Night Caller, Rita Marcotulli Quintet with Tore Brunborg, Niels-Petter Molvaer, Michel Benita, Jon Christensen, 1992 Chanson, Rita Marcotulli-Richard Galliano-Enrico Rava-Enzo Pietropaoli, 1993 Contra post, Palle Danielsson-Joakim Milder-Rita Marcotulli-Anders Kjellberg,1994 Soul, Michel Benita Quartet with Dewey Redman, Aldo Romano, 1994 Nauplìa, with Maria Pia De Vito, Enzo Pietropaoli, Alfio Antico, Arnaldo Vacca, 1995 Fantasts, Rita Marcotulli-Helène La Barrière, 1995 Invito, various groups led by Ambrogio Sparagna with Lucilla Galeazzi, Carlo Rizzo, etc. 1995 Non calpestate fiori nel deserto, Pino Daniele Group with Rita Marcotulli, Jimmy Earl, Manu Katche, Mike Mainieri, Lele Melotti, 1995 Musiques de Cinéma déjouées avec des amis jazzmen, various groups led by Michel Portal, 1995 Simbiosi, varie formazioni dirette da Pietro Tonolo Fore 'o paese, Gruppo di Maria Pia De Vito, con Paolo Fresu, Daniele Sepe, Enzo Pietropaoli. In London, Dewey Redman group with Rita Marcotulli, Cameron Brown, Matt Wilson The woman next door, Rita Marcotulli group with Enrico Rava, Michel Benita, Carlo Rizzo, Stefano Di Battista, Roberto Gatto, Ambrogio Sparagna, Aldo Romano, Aurora Barbatelli, a.o., 1998 Koine Armonia Mundi I Musicisti Michele Ascolese: chitarra acustica Luca Bulgarelli: contrabbasso Jon Cristensen: batteria Palle Danielsson: contrabbasso Anja Garbarek: voce Roberto Gatto: batteria Javier Girotto: sassofono Anders Jormin: contrabbasso Audun Kleive: batteria Rita Marcotulli: pianoforte e harmonium Metaxu: suoni elettronici Joachim Milder: sassofono Andy Sheppard: sassofono Arto Tuncboyaciyan: percussioni e voce Lena Willemark: voce Production Pasquale Minieri The Light Side Of The Moon Armonia Mundi