Lech Napierała is a Polish pianist living in Vienna. Born in Bydgoszcz, he graduated with honours from the Music University in Vienna in the class of singer accompaniment (specialising in lieder) taught by David Lutz. Previously he studied in Warsaw with Andrzej Stefański, Krzysztof Jabłoński and Barbar Halska.
Lech performed in such renowned concert halls as Vienna’s Musikverein, the Konzerthaus, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, National Philharmonic concert halls in Warsaw, Berlin, Sofia, Lubljana, Bucarest, the NOSPR concert hall in Katowice and the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Teatr Wielki – the National Opera in Warsaw, the National Opera in Lubljana and in many other venues.
He has performed in Europe (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Romania, Moldavia and Slovernia) and in Asia (Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and China). Lech Napierała is a laureate of the International Piano Duets Competition in Białystok in 2002 (3rd prize) and the International Song Competition in Sofia in 2009 (2nd prize). He is also a three-time laureate of the Young Music Forum at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw. Napierała received many awards for exceptional accompaniment – at the International Brahms competition in Pörtschach (2012) and at the Song Festival in Husum (2011). Lech Napierała has specialised in song accompaniment for many years now, accompanying such artists as Tomasz Konieczny, Olga Pasiecznik, Monika Bohinec, Aida Garifullina, Cigdem Soyarslan, Dorottya Lang, Paul Schweinester and many others.
He is also regularly invited to music interpretation courses in Poland (International Music Interpretation Course in Nowy Sącz), Austria (Sommer Musikakademie Salzburg) and Germany (Musikakademie Rheinsberg). In October 2013 Lech Napierała started to lecture at the Academy of Music in Cracow, teaching the chamber music and accompaniment classes. As of 2018 he is also the guest lecturer in the Opera Academy at the Teatr Wielki – the National Opera in Warsaw.
Napierała’s recorded output includes an album recorded with Aleksandra Szczęsnowicz of works for two pianos and a solo album with mazurkas by Chopin, Szymanowski and Maciejewski. Both albums were recorded and released on the DUX label. May 2014 saw the release of another a;bum featuring the pianist, titled Dreamscape. The album was released on the British Signum label and contains chamber works and songs by Roxanna and Andrzej Panufnik. The album was recorded on the 100th birthday anniversary of Andrzej Panufnik. In December 2017, together with Tomasz Konieczny, the pianist recorded Franz Schuber’s Winterreise with the words sung in Polish, as translated by Stanisław Barańczak. The album was released by the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute in August 2018 during the Chopin and His Europe Festival.