Christie Peery Skousen began piano lessons with her mother, Irene Peery-Fox, at the age of five. She began teaching others four years later. At 13 she won her first international competition and gave her orchestral debut. At 17 she spent the summer in Moscow studying with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Gnessin School of Music; gave her European debut recital in Geneva, Switzerland; and attended Tanglewood in Massachusetts. Ms. Skousen returned to Carnegie Hall at age 18 for her own debut recital. In that same year, she moved to Baltimore for four years of study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University as a student of Leon Fleisher. (Interestingly, the memorabilia files of both Christie and her mother, Irene, contain snapshots of each being taught by Fleisher.) Upon graduation, Ms. Skousen was awarded the Lillian Gutman Memorial Prize in piano and the Azalea H. Thomas Prize as the student with the highest GPA in theory.
Ms. Skousen has performed numerous times as a soloist with symphony orchestras around the world, including the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and Samara Philharmonic, performing with such conductors as Joseph Silverstein, Peter Schickele, Mikhail Sherbakov, and Ignat Solzhenitzyn. Orchestral and solo performances have taken her to Geneva, Moscow, Calgary, Michigan, Texas, Colorado, California, Baltimore, and New York. She has won numerous national and international competitions, including the Corpus Christi International and the Missouri Southern International. Other international prizes for Christie include the junior division of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and the Joanna Hodges Piano Competition in California.
In 2001 she founded Music Business Solutions, an innovative company that provides business services to private teachers. She also serves on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory.