Antonio Adolfo is an important composer, having written songs recorded by many Brazilian and International artists. He also had a noted role in the process of making important music available through independent production, through the creation of the pioneer independent label Artezanal.
As an arranger, he worked for several musicians and singers.
The son of Yolanda Maurity, a music teacher and violinist of the orchestra of the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Antonio Adolfo began to study music very early. At seven, he began his violin studies with Paulina D'Ambrozzio. At 15, he took up piano, studying with Amyrton Vallim, Werther Politano, Wilma Graça and with the internationally renowned Eumir Deodato.
In 1963, he joined the group Samba Cinco, which performed in the famous Beco das Garrafas, the Rio's 52nd street. In 1964 Adolfo was invited by Carlos Lyra and Vinicius de Moraes to be a musician for their play Pobre Menina Rica, beginning to accompany important names of MPB.
Adolfo formed the group 3-D for that gig, and continued to perform with it until 1968, having recorded four LPs. In that year, he became acquainted with Tiberio Gaspar, with whom he wrote important songs such as Juliana, Sa Marina (Pretty World), Teletema, and BR-3.
In 1969 Adolfo accompanied Elis Regina in her tours through Europe.
Back to Brazil in the same year, he wrote music for TV series and participated in several Music Contests, which gave him some awards.