Benjamin Lees passed away last month at the age of 86. He was a well respected composer and musician published by Boosey & Hawkes and performed by the Tokyo & Cypress Quartets, Pinchas Zukerman, Pittsburgh & Dallas Symphonies just to name a few.
You can read a wonderful remembrance of Lees from the Cypress Quartet, who commissioned and are in the process of recording all of Lees' Quartets here on New Music Box.
John Clare spoke with Lees years ago for 20/20 Hearing, take a listen to their conversation here:
Part 1 [mp3 file]
Part 2 [mp3 file]