Antonio Adolfo grew up in a musical family in Rio de Janeiro (his mother was a violinist in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra), and began his studies at the age of seven. At 17 he was already a professional musician. His teachers include Eumir Deodato and the great Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
During the '60s he led his own trio and toured with singers Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento. Adolfo wrote tunes that achieved great success and have been recorded by such artists as Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Earl Klugh, Dionne Warwick, and others. He won international song contests twice.
As a musician and arranger he has worked with some of the most well-known Brazilian names, besides having released more than a dozen albums under his name. In 1985, Adolfo created his own school in Rio, Brazil. His recent albums include U.S. releases such as Antonio Adolfo & Carol Saboya Ao Vivo/ Live, released in 2007; Antonio Adolfo and Carol Saboya La e Ca/Here and There, released in 2010; and Chora Baiao, in 2011. And now, in 2013, Adolfo is releasing his new CD, Finas Misturas (Fine Mixtures). His books include Brazilian Music Workshop (1994, Advance Music/ Schott Music Publishing) and Phrasing in Brazilian Music (2005, Advance Music/ Schott Music Publishing).