His first teachers were Jan Čermák, Hana Metelková and his father František Havlín. He later studied at the Prague Conservatory with Professor Jaroslav Foltýn.
He has been performing as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. Since 1991, he has been playing in the chamber ensemble Collegium Academicum. In 2003, he founded the Norbert Quartet which has been performing both in the Czech Republic and abroad and also takes part in a Czech Philharmonic education workshop “Vláček Dvořáček” (The Little Train Dvořák). As a soloist, he has cooperated with pianist Hana Šimerová and two organists (Petr Žák and MUDr. Jan Škvařil).
In 2017, he co-created a music-theatrical workshop for the Czech Philharmonic together with Jana Franková and Slávek Hořínka entitled “My Uncle Vanished. Where Did He Go, Mr. President?” which tells the story of Josef Toufar, a Czech Roman Catholic priest who was tortured to death by the Communists.
He loves music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonín Dvořák but enjoys any good music, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Queen, Johny Cash, Dmitri Shostakovich, Ray Charles, Ludwig van Beethoven, Deep Purple, Leoš Janáček and Bratři Ebenové.
When he’s not in the Rudolfinum, he likes to spend time in the nature, mostly hiking and gamekeeping. He also enjoys reading and woodcarving.