Balázs HORVÁTH was born in Budapest in 1976. He studied composition basics at the Béla Bartók Music Secondary School with István Fekete Győr and then at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest where he received his degree in 1999. His professors included Zoltán Jeney, Attila Bozay, and János Vajda. He has finished his DLA in Composition at the Liszt Academy in 2005, while teaching there as well.
Horváth won several prizes for his compositions at competitions. Most most outstanding ones are the 1st Prize with his composition POLY at the 'In Memoriam György Ligeti' composition contest in Berlin (2007) and the 1st Prize of 2nd New Hungarian Music Forum for his orchestral piece called Faust and friends in the Magic Castle.
His compositions are performed in Hungary and abroad such as the Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam, Szombathely Bartók Festival and Seminar, ISCM World Music Days (Ljubljana, 2003; Göteborg, 2009; Zagreb, 2011; Tongyeong, 2016), Music of Today in London, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Music in Current (Tokyo), musikprotokoll (Graz) and cresc. Biennale für Neue Musik (Frankfurt), Átlátszó Hang Újzenei Fesztivál (Transparent Sound New Music Festival), the Taiwan International Music Festival (Taipei). among others.
As a composer he worked with reknown conductors and ensembles such as Péter Eötvös, Kornél Fekete-Kovács, Rivka Golani, Péter Bársony, Gergely Vajda, Pierre-André Valade, Howard Williams or the Amadinda Percussion Group, Ensemble Modern, Göteborg Symfoniker, Big Band of the Croatian Radio, Modern Art Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio, RSO Wien, New Juilliard Ensemble, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and Ensemble UMZE.
Balázs Horváth regularly appears as conductor and performer at special occasions and performances of contemporary pieces. In 2009 he founded THReNSeMBLe with six young musicians with whom they perform contemporary music, especially from young composers. The membership joined to Ensemble UMZE in 2019.
From 2012 Horváth is the member of the Board of Trustees of the Eötvös Peter Contemporary Music Foundation.
From 2019 Horváth is the chair of UMZE Association