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About Turi

I am an individual with a broad variety of interests, including web design, programming and computer science, music, math, philosophy, and hiking.

In early 2018 I joined the team at HemaTerra Technologies, where I help develop and maintain a suite of innovative software solutions for the blood collection industry.

Additionally, I have been freelancing as a web designer and developer since 2014. During this time I've had the privilege of working with over a dozen clients on a variety of interesting projects (check out my portfolio for some examples). Web design is something I first became interested in over ten years ago, when I quickly consumed my first book on creating websites. Since then I have read more books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of forum posts—but most of all I have learned from personal trial and error. I have also taken several university courses on web development and computer science, which helped fill in gaps in my knowledge. Building websites is highly enjoyable for me because it is simultaneously creative and technically stimulating.

I am a person who is very drawn to problem solving of all sorts. This is probably why I like math so much—it's all problem solving! I received a minor in mathematics from the University of Rochester, which included advanced courses such as calculus (of course), linear algebra, topology, probability, and discrete math. Later I took additional classes in mathematics and computer science from the University at Albany. As a problem solver, I am particularly drawn to puzzles of various sorts (Sudokus are among my favorite). If you head over to my projects page, you can see several puzzles and strategic games that I have programmed for the web. Enjoy (or not)!

I began playing the flute at age 8, and ever since then music has played an important role in my life. In fact, it was my primary focus for many years. I recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music (connected to University of Rochester), which is one of the top schools in the country for flute performance study. I received a Bachelor of Music, which included not only rigorous performance training, but also advanced study in music theory and history. Over the years I've been successful in many competitions and attended numerous music festivals (my full flute bio appears below). In high school I also picked up the piano, and while I'm not a particularly skilled player, to this day I enjoy it immensely.

When I am not reading, studying, programming, designing or practicing, I might be outside taking a walk or hike. I am a great appreciator of the outdoors.

I am currently based in Baltimore, MD.


Turi Scilipoti is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied with flutist Bonita Boyd. At Eastman, Turi performed regularly with the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Musica Nova, OSSIA, and Azzimato Wind Quintet. In 2015 he played for the Eastman Wind Ensemble's recording of Jeff Tyzik's Concerto for Timpani and Wind Ensemble with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra timpanist Charles Ross, and he was runner-up in Eastman's flute concerto competition the same semester. For two years Turi served on Eastman's Academic Integrity Committee.

A native of upstate NY, Turi began studying the flute at the age of 8. In 2008, he joined the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO). Two years later, he was a featured soloist with ESYO after winning the orchestra's concerto competition. In 2012, he participated in ESYO's Asia Tour, performing in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, and the World EXPO in Yeosu, South Korea.

In the summers, Turi has attended numerous festivals and institutes, including the National Orchestral Institute, Round Top Festival, Pierre Monteux School (where he was an Ensemble Tremblay Scholar), Marina Piccinini International Master Classes, and ARIA Summer Academy. He also competed at the 2015 National Flute Association Convention in Washington DC, where he won 2nd place in the Orchestral Audition Competition and was also selected as a winner of the Masterclass Performers Competition.

Among Turi's other successful competitions/awards are the Rochester Flute Association Emerging Artist Competition, the Anthony R. Stefan Scholarship Competition, and the Helen Henshaw Scholarship.

Turi has performed in classes with prominent flutists Denis Bouriakov, David Cramer, Bart Feller, Marianne Gedigian, Aaron Goldman, Jeffrey Khaner, Renée Krimsier, Walfrid Kujala, Robert Langevin, Laural Ann Maurer, Judith Mendenhall, Takeaki Miyamae, Marina Piccinini, Debra Reuter-Pivetta, Paula Robison, Gary Schocker, Mark Sparks, Linda Toote, Ransom Wilson, and Carol Wincenc.