Fabio Fapanni was born in Palazzolo sull'Oglio (Brescia, Italy) and attended the Paolo Sarpi Liceo for Classical Studies in Bergamo.
He studied Composition under the guidance of Maestro Giancarlo Facchinetti (Brescia Conservatory) and Maestro Bruno Bettinelli (Milan Conservatory), and attended the "Avviamento al teatro lirico per direttori d'orchestra" course (training course for opera orchestra conductors), given by Maestro Umberto Cattini, and he received his diploma in Pianoforte in Brescia under the guidance of Maestro Riccardo Bettini: subsequently his collaboration with Maestros Maurizio Arena and Gianfranco Masini was fundamental for his musical training.
In 1977 he began to work for a lengthy period of time as rehearsal pianist, Stage Manager (for musical co-ordination) and prompter, in numerous Institutes and Theatres. He also worked as accompanying pianist and orchestra conductor for ballets, operas and symphonic concerts among which the première of 'Canticum for soprano, saxophone soprano, female and male chorus and string orchestra' by Antonio Arena.
Since 1990 he has been Musical Stage Director of the Arena di Verona Foundation, where he was also Co-ordinator of the Artistic department for two years.
In 1998 and 2000 he was an outside member of the examining board for the final exams of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan's two-year courses in professional training for Substitute Orchestra Conductors.
Since 2000 he has also been in charge of training in the Arena di Verona Foundation: in this role, he has given approximately 500 'musical encounters with the piano' at various schools with students of different ages, in Opera Circles and in cultural Associations.
With the Artistic Department of the Foundation, as well as being in charge of auditions for soloist artists, he is also responsible for the preparation of young singers, for the artistic organization and the musical accompaniment at promotional concerts in Italy and abroad (Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Macon, Marseilles, Lyon, Strasbourg, London, Wiltz, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Vienna, Belgrade, Sofia, Boston, New York, Macao, Hong-Kong, Tokyo).