Kirill "Cyril" Moshkow was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1968. He entered the Moscow State University in 1984 and, having taken a brief break for mandatory military service, studied at the Journalism department (specializing in TV journalism) until 1991. The eventful history of post-Soviet Russia and its promptly growing mass media and entertainment markets made a great impact on Cyril's career.
In 2002, Jazz.Ru was awarded the National Internet Award of Russia as the Music Site of the Year. Since 2000, Cyril also serves as Russian contributor to Down Beat, the world's oldest and most respected jazz magazine.
Since 1991, Cyril Moshkow also teaches music journalism at Moscow State University. His educational experience also includes guest lectures at the New York University (Roots of Popular Music, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University, New York, NY) in 2000 and 2001, and at the University of Idaho (Mass media in Russia, for School of Communication, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID) in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Cyril Moshkow also gave lectures at the University of Idaho in February, 2006 ("Jazz in Russia", within the program of Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival,) participated in the University of Idaho symposium "Jazz Invades Europe (February, 2007) with the lecture "Jazz in Soviet Russia: the First Fifty Years (1922-1972)", and spoke to the audience of Jazz Journalist Association members and jazz community activists at the New School University Jazz Program (New York, NY) during the February 27, 2007 JJA's Jazz Matters Series panel discussion "Jazz From Afar".