Fogliani studied composition at the Conservatorio "G. B. Martini" in Bologna with Francesco Carluccio and graduated with honors in orchestral conducting at the Milan Conservatory, under Vittorio Parisi. He then furthered his musical training at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena where he studied conducting with Gianluigi Gelmetti and composition with Franco Donatoni and Ennio Morricone. Fogliani's debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in 2001 with Il viaggio a Reims was the beginning of an international career. He went on to conduct productions such as Donizetti's Ugo conte di Parigi and Maria Stuarda at La Scala in Milan, Mascagni's Amica and Rossini's Mose in Egitto at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Lucia di Lammermoor in St. Gallen, Verdi's Oberto conte di San Bonifacio in the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Il barbiere di Siviglia at La Fenice in Venice, and Bellini's La sonnambula at the Teatro Calderon de Valladolid. In 2005 at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples he conducted Paisiello's Il Socrate immaginario in the new version by Roberto De Simone; the work was reprised in the 2006/07 season at La Scala in Milan. Fogliani made his American debut in 2011 conducting Lucia di Lammermoor at the Houston Grand Opera. In 2012 he debuted Aida at the Teatro Regio in Parma adding to the Verdi repertoire which he had previously conducted (Rigoletto, Giovanna d'Arco, La battaglia di Legnano, La traviata, I masnadieri, and I Lombardi alla prima crociata). He has conducted and recorded several titles in the Rossini repertoire (Otello, Il signor Bruschino, La scala di seta, L'occasione fa il ladro, Edipo Coloneo, Ciro in Babilonia, La Cenerentola, Il turco in Italia, Semiramide, Adina) as well as some of the first performances in modern times of Mercadante's Don Chisciotte alle nozze di Gamaccio and I briganti and Vaccaj's La sposa di Messina at the Rossini in Wildbad festival, where he has been the Music Director since 2011. For the 2011 festival, he orchestrated the seven numbers composed by Giovanni Tadolini in 1833 for Rossini's Stabat Mater (the orchestral version of which was lost) and conducted them in their first performance at Rossini in Wildbad. In the next months he will conduct Adina, I briganti and Semiramide at the Festival Rossini in Wildbad. His future plans also include: L’amico Fritz at the Tchaikowsky Hall in Moscow, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a symphonic concert at the Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro, La traviata at the Opera de Montreal and at the Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Den Norske Opera in Oslo, Il Pirata at Liceu di Barcelona, La Sonnambula at Opera de Montecarlo and Aida at Houston Grand Opera. In the symphonic repertoire he has performed with many orchestras including the Orchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Orchestra dell’Opera di Roma, the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Orchestra Sinfonica della Fondazione Toscanini di Parma, the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, the Orchestra Filarmoncia of Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania, the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, the Spanish orchestras of La Coruna, Tenerife and Castilla y Leon, the Orchestra of the Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Chile), the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre de Bretagne and the Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. Fogliani has recorded for Naxos, Dynamic, Arthaus Musik, and Bongiovanni. Since 2011 Fogliani has taught orchestral conducting at the Conservatory G. Tartini in Trieste. He lives in Bologna.