After studying at the Conservatory of Genoa, Scogna subsequently went on to further his studies in composition and conducting, amongst others, with Franco Ferrara in Rome (1982/1983), with Franco Donatoni and Aldo Clementi at the University of Bologna. This was to have a decisive effect on his development as a conductor. In 1988, along with Berio, he carried out the transcription and elaboration of Wir bauen eine Stadt by Paul Hindemith, which was performed in the same year in the Konzerthaus in Wien.
Asides composing, Scogna enjoys considerable success as a conductor, working for important Italian and international orchestras and performing above all world premieres of works by various contemporary composers.
In addition, he has made numerous recordings for many labels such as Radio Corporation of America, BMG, Tactus, Brilliant Classics, Naxos, Dynamic, Bongiovanni.