Carol Miri of Stone Mountain, Georgia, passed away on May 29 following a long illness. Carol was 65 years old. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 24, 1953, to Ann and Joseph D’Ambrosio, where she grew up with two brothers, David and Dan.
Carol began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and soon showed a gift for the instrument. She went on to become a concert pianist, first winning the Dimitri Mitropoulos competition to attend Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Mitropoulos was a famous conductor and composer. Later Carol was sponsored by Rotary International to study piano at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome with piano pedagogue Vincenzo Vitale.
Carol performed in the United States, Italy and Iran, playing at embassies, university venues and concert halls. She mastered the music of the leading classical composers, including Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin and Bach. She also performed music composed by Malik Aslanian, an Iranian composer.
Carol met her husband, Ali, a restoration architect, in Rome in 1975. The couple later moved to Tehran in 1977, where both Carol and Ali began teaching at the University of Tehran. They were forced to leave the country in 1982, returning to Tulsa to live with Carol’s parents.
Carol and Ali moved to Atlanta in 1984, where Carol’s brother, David, had been living since 1980. David is also a pianist and music teacher.
Carol established a piano studio in Stone Mountain and was a longtime member of Decatur Music Teachers Association, as is her brother, David. She taught for many years before her illness made it impossible several years ago for her to continue teaching. Carol never gave in to her disease, despite its debilitating nature, maintaining her dignity and spirit. She had a tremendous positive influence on her piano students, and later, on her caregivers and friends.
Carol is survived by her husband, Ali, and her brothers, David and Dan.
Her memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 2:00 pm at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, with Rev. Lynn Williamson officiating.
The family will receive friends prior to the service on Saturday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, (770) 564-2726.