In Iceland Emil studied with Roar Kvam in Akureyri and with Joseph Ognibene at the Reykjavik College of Music. Later he studied with Professor Hermann Baumann in Essen, Germany. Emil worked for a few years with orchestras in Germany but after returning to Iceland he has been on a permanent contract with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Emil has also played with chamber music groups like Kvintett Coretto and the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra. He has been a horn player with the CAPUT-ensemble from 1987.