Martina Stoessel (born 21 March 1997), also known as Tini Stoessel, is an Argentine actress, model, singer, and dancer who gained international popularity for her debut role as Violetta Castillo on the Disney Channel Latin America original series, Violetta.

Life and career

1997–2011: Early life and career beginnings

Stoessel was born in Buenos Aires and is the daughter of television producer and director Alejandro Stoessel and Mariana Muzlera. She has a brother who is one year older than her named Francisco. Stoessel began her artistic training at a young age studying singing, piano, musical comedy, musical theater, and dance in her native Buenos Aires. Stoessel was educated at two private bilingual schools: Colegio San Marcos and Colegio Martín y Omar de Isidro.

In 2007, Stoessel had a role in the first season of the popular Argentine children's telenovela, Patito Feo, as "Martina", one of Fito Bernardi's assistants. Stoessel also played the role of "Anna" in a flashback episode in the same series.

In 2011, Stoessel recorded in the Spanish version of the Shannon Saunders′ song, "The Glow", called "Tu Resplandor"; the song was included on the album, Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Songs. Stoessel performed the song at an event for Disney Channel Latin America called Celebratón, on 31 December 2011. The song was later released on an album for the series in March 2012.

2012–2014: Breakthrough with Violetta

Stoessel's father presented an unrelated project to Disney Channel producers, who later informed him about auditions for the lead role for the network's upcoming television series, Violetta. In late 2011, after an intense casting process, Stoessel obtained the principal role in the series, Violetta, a tween-oriented musical series launched as a co-production between Disney Channel Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. The show's first season began production in Buenos Aires in 2012. Stoessel played the titular character, Violetta Castillo, during all three seasons of the show. Stoessel sang the series' theme song, "En mi mundo", which was later released as a single on 5 April 2012 to promote the show. Subsequently, she recorded the Italian version, "Nel mio mondo" and the English version, "In My Own World". Both songs were used as the theme songs for the series in its international broadcasts in Italy, the U.K., and the U.S. via Netflix. For this role Stoessel won an award for "Female Newcomer" in the 2012 edition of the Kids' Choice Awards Argentina and was also nominated for the U.S. version, the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, in the "Favorite Latin Artist" category.

On 10 August 2013, Stoessel performed, along with the cast of Violetta, at the UNICEF charity event television Un sol para los chicos, where she sang the songs, "Ser mejor" and "En mi mundo". In 2013, Stoessel recorded "Libre soy" and "All'Alba sorgerò", the Spanish and Italian versions of "Let It Go", from the Disney animated film Frozen.

From 2012 to 2014, Stoessel participated in the recording of albums featuring music from all three seasons of Violetta. Stoessel also participated in the television programs The U-Mix Show and Disney Planet for Disney Latin America. In 2014, Stoessel voiced a small role for the Italian dubbed version of the film Monsters University. In May 2014, Stoessel released her first book, a co-authored biography called "Simplemente Tini", about on her upbringing and eventual rise to international popularity. The same month, Stoessel held a free musical concert near the Monument to the Carta Magna and Four Regions of Argentina, organized by the city government of Buenos Aires, under the slogan "Cuidemos el planeta". In September 2014, Stoessel performed at the charity soccer match Partido Interreligioso por la Paz, convened by Pope Francis at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome where she sang "Nel mio mondo" and the cover version of John Lennon's song "Imagine".

2015–present: Tini: The Movie and solo musical debut

Stoessel and some of the cast members of Violetta filmed the movie, Tini: The Movie. The movie was filmed in between concert stops for the television series' final international tour. Production began on 7 October 2015 and ended in mid-December 2015, where the movie filmed in various international locations, including Sicily, Cádiz, Spain, Madrid, and Buenos Aires. A teaser trailer featuring scenes from the movie was released in late-December 2015. The film was released in various Latin American and European countries. It was to be released in Argentina on 14 July 2016, but was released earlier on 2 June 2016.

On 21 August 2015, it was announced that Stoessel had signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records to release her own solo material under the name "Tini". From January 2016 to early March 2016 she recorded her debut album in Los Angeles, California. Her debut album, Tini, was released worldwide on digital and physical formats on 29 April 2016. The album contains two discs: one which serves as the soundtrack from Tini: The Movie and Stoessel's solo album of Spanish and English-language songs. Stoessel announced that "Siempre brillarás" would be the lead single used to promote the release of Tini: The Movie. The song was available to fans on 25 March 2016 with the pre-order purchase of her debut album. The song was also recorded in English and was released under the title, "Born to Shine". The music video for "Siempre Brillarás", featuring scenes from Tini: The Movie, was released on 25 March 2016. The music video for the soundtrack's second promotional single, "Losing the Love", was released on 6 May 2016, and its music video included clips from the film. Stoessel performed songs from her debut album at her first showcase as a solo artist at La Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires on 12 June 2016. The showcase was filmed and broadcast on her official YouTube channel from 22 August 2016 till August 28. On 24 June 2016, she released her first solo single, "Yo me escaparé", the Spanish-language version of the song, "Great Escape", which is not featured on her debut album. The music video for "Great Escape" was filmed in Buenos Aires and later released on 8 July 2016.

Personal life

Stoessel resides in San Isidro, Buenos Aires with her parents and brother. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

From 2013 to 2015, Stoessel dated actor and singer Peter Lanzani. Since mid-2016, Stoessel is in a relationship with Spanish model Pepe Barroso Silva.


Film roles
2013Monsters UniversityCarrie WilliamsVoice-dubbing in Italian
2014Violetta: La emoción del conciertoHerself/ViolettaConcert film
2016Tini: The MovieTiniFilm; lead role
Television roles
2007Patito FeoMartina / Young Anna (flackbacks)First season
2012–15ViolettaVioletta CastilloLead role; Disney Channel Latin America original series


Solo studio album

List of studio albums, with selected details, chart positions, sales, and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSalesCertifications
  • ARG: 20 000 

Solo singles

"Libre soy"201329Frozen
"Siempre brillarás" / "Born to Shine"2016Tini
"Yo me escaparé"Non-album single

Promotional singles

For Violetta

"En mi mundo"2012Violetta
"Nel mio mondo"
"Hoy somos más"2013Hoy somos más
"In My Own World"Non-album song
"En gira" (with Violetta cast)2014Gira mi canción

Promotional solo singles

"Yo te amo a ti" (with Jorge Blanco)2016Tini
"Losing the Love"
"Great Escape"

Other appearances

TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Tu resplandor"2011N/ACelebratón in Concert
"All’alba sorgerò"2013N/AFrozen


TitleYearDirected byNotes
"Tu resplandor"2011N/ASpanish version of Shannon Saunders' song "The Glow"
"Entre tú y yo" (with Pablo Espinosa)2012
Violetta season 1, episode 11
"En mi mundo"Violetta season 1, episode 15; promo video for season 1
"Tienes todo" (with Pablo Espinosa)Violetta season 1, episode 23
"Te creo"Violetta season 1, episode 40
"Habla si puedes"Violetta season 1, episode 43
"Junto a ti" (with Lodovica Comello)Violetta season 1, episode 68
"Ven y canta" (with Violetta cast)Violetta season 1, episode 70
"Ser mejor" (with Violetta cast)Violetta season 1, episode 80
"Nel mio mondo"Italian version of "En mi mundo"; premiered only on Disney Channel Italy
"Hoy somos más"2013Promo video for Violetta season 2
"Euforia" (with Violetta cast)Violetta season 2, episode 20
"Código amistad" (with Lodovica Comello and Candelaria Molfese)Violetta season 2, episode 33
"On Beat" (with Violetta cast)Violetta season 2, episode 40
"Cómo quieres"Violetta season 2, episode 40
"Algo se enciende" (with Violetta cast)Violetta season 2, episode 66
"Nuestro camino" (with Jorge Blanco)Violetta season 2, episode 67
"Si es por amor" (with Mercedes Lambre)Violetta season 2, episode 78
"Soy mi mejor momento"Violetta season 2, episode 80
"Esto no puede terminar" (with Violetta cast)Violetta season 2, episode 80
"Libre soy"N/ASpanish version of Idina Menzel's song "Let It Go"
"All'alba sorgerò"N/AItalian version of Idina Menzel's song "Let It Go"
"Il mio migliore momento"2014
  • Jorge Nisco
  • Martín Saban
Italian version of "Soy mi mejor momento"; premiered only on Disney Channel Italy
"En gira" (with Violetta cast)Violetta season 3, episode 1; promo video for season 3
"Supercreativa"Violetta season 3, episode 20
"Friends 'till the End" (with Violetta cast)Violetta season 3, episode 53
"Abrázame y verás" (with Jorge Blanco)2015Violetta season 3, episode 80
"Crecimos juntos" (with Violetta cast)Violetta season 3, episode 80
"Siempre brillarás"2016Phil AndelmanFeatures scenes from Tini: The Movie
"Born to Shine"Phil AndelmanEnglish version of "Siempre brillarás"
"Yo te amo a ti" (with Jorge Blanco)Phil AndelmanScene from Tini: The Movie
"Losing the Love"Phil AndelmanFeatures scenes from Tini: The Movie
"Great Escape"Phil AndelmanFeatures guest appearance by Spanish model Pepe Barroso Silva
"Yo me escaparé" (Lyric video)Eric HurleySpanish version of "Great Escape"
"Yo me escaparé" (Dance video)N/AReleased on Stoessel's official YouTube channel


Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWork nominatedResult
2012Kids' Choice Awards ArgentinaFemale NewcomerViolettaWon
2013Kids' Choice Awards ArgentinaFavorite TV ActressViolettaNominated
2013Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Latin ArtistViolettaNominated
2013Premios Martín FierroFemale NewcomerViolettaWon
2014Kids' Choice Awards ColombiaFemale NewcomerViolettaWon