Max Bruch was German Romantic composer, who is best known for one composition, his first Violin Concerto. This is a delightful romantic concerto, deservedly popular with violin virtuosi and concert audiences alike. He also wrote Kol Nidrei for cello and orchestra, and Scottish fantasy, for violin and orchestra.

Bruch worked as a conductor in Germany and Britain, and was a professor of Composition in Berlin.

The Italian composer Respighi, was one of Max Bruch's pupils, and Bruch certainly influenced Respighi to carry on the romantic-impressionist style, when Respighi's contemporaries in Italy were rejecting the German romantic style, in favour of neo-classicism and modernism.