Liz Derstine is a pianist and songwriter residing in Boston, Massachusetts. She began playing piano at the age of seven in southeastern Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from 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 is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Longy School of Music with Eri Nakamura. At Longy she is a Collaborative Piano Fellow, Patricia Ostrander Scholar, and Presidential Scholar.

Liz created the pop music project Pink Feathers and independently released two EPs of original music. Her single “Ghosts” was featured on the MTV television show Awkward. She has collaborated in recordings with musical artists including Computer Magic, SPEAK, Karl Kling, Spencer Ludwig, BASTION, Ghost Beach, and Eau Claire, and has performed as a guest with St. Lucia and the Knocks. Liz has performed in headlining tours and music festivals across the globe, playing keyboard and singing with Grammy-winning artist RAC, along with co-writing two original RAC songs “Seventeen” (Interscope/Cherrytree Records) and “It’s A Shame” (Counter Records), the latter featured on Netflix’s Wednesday. More recently, Liz composed a piano suite inspired by her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Liz is also an avid runner and elite endurance hiker. She holds women’s speed records on the Appalachian Trail (northbound), Long Trail, and Pinhoti Trail. Learn more about her outdoor pursuits and her writing centered around those experiences at Mercury on the Run.