…to connect the parallels between time spent in nature and lived experiences

…to spark curiosity about what we can learn or dream up by simply going for a walk in the woods

Liz Derstine is a pianist and songwriter residing in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Longy School of Music, where she is a Collaborative Piano Fellow and Patricia Ostrander 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 national 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). 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 mercuryontherun.com.