Liz Derstine is a pianist and songwriter hailing from Portland, Oregon. She began playing piano at the age of seven in southeastern Pennsylvania, taught by Cindy Borowski-Burns. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Greenville College in Illinois, where she studied piano with Dr. Yeeseon Kwon and accompanied the Greenville College Choir and Chamber Choir. She continued her studies in Portland, Oregon with concert pianist and musical artist Sophie Lippert.

Liz has toured nationally and internationally, playing keyboard and singing with indie-pop act and Grammy-winning artist RAC, and has performed in renowned music festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza. She created the solo project Pink Feathers and independently released two EPs of original music. Her single “Ghosts” was featured on the MTV television show Awkward. More recently, Liz composed a suite of piano compositions inspired by her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Liz is also an avid runner and endurance hiker. In addition to being a 2:51 marathoner, she has set fastest known times on the Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail, and the Pinhoti Trail. Learn more about her outdoor pursuits and her writing centered around those experiences at Mercury on the Run.

Photo by Jason Hill