Adamič was born in Dobrova to Avgust Adamič (1843–1915) and Katarina Brus Adamič (1854–1915). He studied at conservatories in Trieste and Ljubljana. During the First World War, he was a prisoner of war in Tashkent. His works include the orchestral pieces Tatarska suita (Tatar Suite, 1918) and Ljubljanski akvareli (Ljubljana Watercolours, 1925) and the choral compositions Vragova nevesta (The Devil's Bride, 1925) and Smrt carja Samuela (The Death of Tsar Samuel, 1934). He also wrote songs that used elements of Slovenian folk music, such as Zimska kmečka pesem (A Farmer's Winter Song, 1903). His influences included Romanticism, Impressionism, and Expressionism. He died in Ljubljana.
- Sojar Voglar, Črt (2005). "Skladateljske sledi po letu 1900" [Composers' Traces from 1900 Onwards] (PDF) (in Slovenian and English) (2nd ed.). Society of Slovene Composers. pp. 8–9. ISBN 961-91080-2-7. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 6, 2012.
- "Božično detece v družini Adamičevih." RTV SLO (22 December 2013) (Slovene)
- "Adamič, Emil." Primorski slovenski biografski leksikon. (Slovene)
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