Balázs Nemes was born in 1976 in Budapest. He began playing the trumpet at age eleven, studying with Éva Nagyiván. In 1991, he entered the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest. Two years later, he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Guy Touvron. He completed his training at The Juilliard School in New York under Mark Gould and Raymond Mase.