Carol was born in Miami, Florida in the U.S.A. where she began her classical piano studies at the age of four. She also studied the bassoon and the saxophone.
Her travels as a musician have spanned the globe from Carnegie Hall, New York, to the Montreux Palace in Switzerland, The Oasis Lounge in Hong Kong, and Walt Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida,
While attending university, Carol performed with the orchestras and jazz bands. Her experience as an accompanist led to numerous concerts with students and faculty members. She received her Masters Diploma from the University of Florida where she presented her thesis on “Special Dental Considerations for Musicians” to the music and dental departments of the university.
Carol has been a member of many different musical groups including “Pat Johnson and the Reflections”, “The Prime Time Jazz Quartet”, “Rosie O’Grady’s World Famous Banjo Band”, the “Mickey Finn Orchestra”, and the “Carol Stein Quintet”. She has experience as a studio musician and has recorded four solo albums; “The Piano Bar” (featuring her own compositions), “Carol Stein Live” (traditional standards), “The Piano Lady” (elegant pianisitic ballads), and “The Jazz Lady” (swinging standards with her jazz quintet). Additionally, she recorded “Orlando Style” with the Rosie O’Grady’s Banjo Band.
Carol enjoys composing and spontaneous arranging of pieces during a live performance. She may take a child’s melody and turn it “inside-out” in the style of Mozart, and then into a bossa nova, and end up with a Duke Ellington swing. She always likes to add a special touch to each piece she plays, which is one reason she enjoys singing and playing as a solo pianist. However, the challenge of performing with a group and the “magic” that occurs when musicians create a sound together is why Carol is always ready for a “Jam Session”.
Carol performed as the resident musician for the incredibly talented improv troupe at The Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for many years. She is presently the resident pianist at The Rose and Crown Pub in the UK Pavilion in EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.