It is no secret that Manfred Honeck is in play, eyed up by both Chicago and New York as their next music director.
So it makes sense for Pittsburgh, his present post, to start running out possible successors.
Conudctors making their Pittburgh debut in the coming season are: Karina Canellakis, David Afkham, Dima Slobodeniouk and Fabien Gabel.
Also visiting are Vasily Petrenko, Pablo Heras-Casado, Mark Elder and Juraj Valčuha.
That has the makings of a shortlist.