The Italian conductor and composer, Nino Sanzogno, studied the violin with Guarneri and composition with Agostini at the Venice Liceo Musicale, and later conducting in Vienna with Hermann Scherchen.
He conducted the Gruppo Strumentale in concerts in Italy and abroad before becoming resident conductor at La Fenice in Venice in 1937, and the RAI Milan Symphony Orchestra soon afterwards. He first conducted at La Scala in Milan in 1939.
A specialist of contemporary works, he conducted at La Scala the premieres of Milhaud's David, Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, William Walton's Troilus and Cressida, Dmitri Shostakovichh's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Alban Berg's Lulu, Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel, while abroad, notably in Britain, he introduced several works by Italian composers such as Gian-Francesco Malipiero, Luigi Dallapiccola and Pizzetti. He conducted the premiere of the final revised version of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's First Symphony in 1957.
In 1955, he inaugurated the Piccola Scala, where he conducted several revivals of 18th century works by composers such as Piccinni, Paisiello, Cimarosa, etc. He appeared with this company at the Edinburgh Festival in 1957.
Sanzogno was admired for his precision and firm discipline marked by outward charm and elegance. His compositions include two symphonic poems, I quattro cavalieri del'Apocalisse (1930) and Vanitas (1931), and concertos for viola (1935) and cello (1937), as well as music for chamber ensembles. In later years, he taught conducting in Darmstadt.
He conducted Joan Sutherland's first complete opera studio recording (Rigoletto) with Decca Records in 1961. Other selected recordings: Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto - Eugenia Ratti, Graziella Sciutti, Ebe Stignani, Luigi Alva, Carlo Badioli, Franco Calabrese - La Scala Orchestra (EMI, 1956); Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor - Renata Scotto, Giuseppe di Stefano, Ettore Bastianini, Ivo Vinco - La Scala Chorus and Orchestra (Ricordi, 1959). Films: Verdi: La traviata - Rosanna Carteri, Nicola Filacuridi, Carlo Tagliabue - RAI Milan Chorus & Orchestra (Belcanto, 1954); Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro - Heinz Rehfuss, Marcella Pobbe, Rosanna Carteri, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Dora Gatta - RAI Milan Chorus & Orchestra (VAI, 1856).